Reflecting on the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty

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This essay serves as an introduction to the special issue recognising the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. It provides the geopolitical and scientific context informing the creation of the negotiations for a new treaty between October and December 1959. Thereafter, it identifies some of the challenges facing the contemporary Antarctic Treaty System. While none are thought to be threatening to the collaborative spirit that informs the legal and political status quo, there is no room for complacency either. Finally, the contributors and their essays are introduced for the reader. Taken together, it showcases the diversity of work being undertaken by scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPolar Record
Early online date14 Oct 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2019


  • Antarctic Treaty
  • Antarctica
  • Governance
  • Law
  • Geopolitics
  • Futures

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