A Vision for Ocean Law and Governance for 2020-2030 and Beyond

Tuesday 4 December 12:00-18:00 & Wednesday 5 December 2018, 09:00-18:00. University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George St Glasgow.

  A Vision for Ocean Law and Governance: Programme

This event is free but with limited spaces. Please register at Eventbrite.


The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance is pleased to announce a full-day conference on international law and the protection of the marine environment in Glasgow on 4th and 5th December 2018.

“A Vision for Ocean law and Governance for 2020-2030” aims to bring together academics and practitioners researching and working on the Law of the Sea with SCELG’s growing community of researchers focusing on international law and the marine environment.

At a time where the marine environment faces a multitude of threats from climate change, marine pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing, the oceans governance framework needs to be adaptive, responsive and resilient. What should the role of law be in this connection? The question is particularly timely as 2020 is expected to be the year in which the Mining Code of the International Seabed Authority will be completed with new exploitation regulations, and the negotiations of an implementing agreement to UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction will be concluded. In addition, most of the targets of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) are due in 2020-25. And the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity are developing a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that will also contribute to the protection of the marine environment.

The conference programme will be released by the end of September and will include contributions from top UK-based academics and practitioners, as well as the SCELG marine research team.

SCELG would be pleased to hear from PhD students and researchers working on ocean law and governance issues who would like to present their research as a poster at the conference. For more information please email Mitchell Lennan.