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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2013

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U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Unveils at MSU Law Symposium Newly Revised Strategic Approach to the Arctic

East Lansing, MI
— Michigan State University College of Law and the Michigan State International Law Review are pleased to announce Rear Admiral Frederick Kenney of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as a speaker at the upcoming Arctic symposium on February 21-22, 2013. Admiral Kenney publicly will present for the first time revisions to the USCG official strategic approach to the Arctic. He will speak on Friday, February 22, at 9 a.m. at the Law College Building in East Lansing, Michigan.

“We are very excited to host Admiral Kenney as one of our keynote speakers,” said Professor Bruce Bean, faculty advisor for the Michigan State International Law Review and Lecturer in Global Corporate Law at MSU Law. “His presentation ‘The U.S. Coast Guard and the Challenge of the Arctic’ is the first public discussion of the Coast Guard’s newly revised strategic approach to the Arctic.”

As the Nation’s lead agency for ensuring maritime safety, security, and stewardship, the U.S. Coast Guard leads maritime engagement in the Arctic, and serves as a leader in the advancement of U.S. national interests in the Arctic maritime domain. The strategic plan addresses the United States’ national interests and responsibilities in the Polar Regions, and the Arctic in particular, that encompass national security, law enforcement, marine safety and environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, scientific research, and diplomacy.

Michigan State University College of Law and the Michigan State International Law Review will host 24 speakers from around the world for its Annual Symposium. This year’s event entitled, Battle for the North: All Quiet on the Arctic Front?, will highlight current concerns and questions surrounding the Arctic, including:

  • International security concerns, focusing on understanding national interests and alliances
  • Indigenous people in the Arctic region, specially protecting their subsistence rights, cultural and traditional knowledge, and self-governance in a changing environment
  • Environmental law, considering climate change and its impact on the environment and the security of the region
  • Regulation, governance, and management of Arctic lands and resources, balancing the protection and commercialization of fresh water, fish, marine mammals, and plants of the region
  • Exploration, exploitation, and transportation of oil, gas, and minerals
  • The law of the sea

For more information on the symposium and to register, visit or on Twitter at (#MSUArcticLaw).

Founded in 1992, the Michigan State International Law Review is a fully student run scholarly publication that focuses on international law. The International Law Review has hosted dozens of symposia and united hundreds of students to advance the discourse of international law.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. Michigan State Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education, and is on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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