Antarctic medal for a lifetime of international policy work
An expert in Australian Antarctic policy has been awarded the 2014 Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditionâ€™s (ANARE) Phillip Law Medal.
Andrew Jackson received the award for his outstanding contribution to Antarctic affairs and the Antarctic community, particularly for his leadership and achievement in the field of international Antarctic Policy.
Mr Jackson worked for the Australian Antarctic Division for 31 years in a variety of roles including as General Manager of Policy, head of Australiaâ€™s delegation to the annual Antarctic Treaty Committee Meeting and Antarctic voyage leader.
The President of the ANARE Club, Dr Joe Johnson, said Mr Jackson has made a major contribution to enhancing and promoting Australiaâ€™s engagement in Antarctica.
â€œOver many years Andrew Jackson has played a key role in building Australiaâ€™s profile as a leading player in the Antarctic and the Antarctic Treaty System,â€ Dr Johnson said.
â€œHe is enormously respected for his knowledge of the Treaty and understanding of operational, heritage and environmental issues on the continent.â€
Mr Jackson said he is delighted to receive the Medal.
â€œIt is a great honour to receive this award named after Dr Phillip Law, who played such a significant role in Antarctic affairs as a leader, explorer and administrator,â€ Mr Jackson said.
â€œWe would not have a permanent place in Antarctica without Phillip Lawâ€™s vision and Australiaâ€™s modern Antarctic program owes its existence to him. Our ongoing contribution to Antarctic research and international cooperation in the region builds on his legacy,â€ he said.
After his retirement from the Antarctic Division in 2009 Mr Jackson served as the Head of the Host Country Secretariat for the 2012 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Hobart, which was attended by more than 300 delegates from over 50 nations
Mr Jackson has worked closely with the Mawsonâ€™s Huts Foundation over a number of years and is an honorary fellow at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre.
He has also published a number of articles on Antarctic historical and geopolitical issues.
The Medal will be presented to Mr Jackson at ANAREâ€™s Hobart Midwinter Dinner on 21 June.
He is a worthy recipient of the 2014 Phillip Law medal.