SCELG at Small Islands Developing States Workshop

SCELG Member Dr Daniela Diz participates in Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) process

March 2017: SCELG member, Dr Daniela Diz was invited to participate in the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Capacity Development Aspects in the BBNJ (Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction) process, which took place on 7-9 March 2017 in Oostende and Brussels, Belgium.

Ongoing Negotiations on a New International Treaty

The workshop, co-organised by the Government of Belgium and UNESCO-IOC, aimed at contributing to the ongoing negotiations on a new international treaty on marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction in New York, by discussing capacity building needs and SIDS priorities regarding marine biodiversity, as well as climate change.  The workshop, held under Chatham House rules, was attended by high-level government officials, UN and inter-governmental officials, civil society and academia and discussed capacity building and technology transfer with regards to marine protected areas, environmental impact assessments and marine genetic resources.

Practice-Led Research

The invitation builds on SCELG research on international biodiversity law and on the law of the sea, which Prof Morgera’s and Dr Diz’s share on a regular basis with various stakeholders on the sidelines of the UN negotiations on a new international legally binding instrument on BBNJ. 

Research-Led Teaching

Prof Elisa Morgera and Dr Daniela Diz are the Co-Directors of the LLM in Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and International Law.