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The Mythical Northwest Passage Comes to Be: Discussion of the Arctic, the United States, and the Law of the Sea

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with Retired Vice Admiral James W. Houck and Retired Rear Admiral David W. Titley. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 301D Life Sciences Building, University Park

Please join us in exploring the current dynamic in the Arctic, the implications for the U.S., which recently assumed the 2015-2017 chairmanship of the Arctic Council, and the role of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

James W. Houck is interim dean and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral. Houck focuses his research and teaching on international law and national security law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea and law of armed conflict. He joined Penn State in 2012 after retiring as the 41st judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy, during which time he was the principal military legal counsel to the secretary of the Navy and chief of Naval Operations. In this role, he led the 2,300 attorneys, enlisted legal staff, and civilian employees of the worldwide Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

David W. Titley is professor of practice in the Department of Meteorology, and the founding director of thePenn State Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He previously served as chief operating officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2012 to 2013. Before assuming these positions, he was a rear admiral in, and chief oceanographer of, the U.S. Navy, where he served for 32 years. He also initiated the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change and serves on CNA’s Military Advisory Board.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Climate Change and Conflict Management Reinvention Fund Project of Penn States Sustainability Institute and The Polar Center.