Marine genetic resources workshop

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance Areas of expertise


We are investigating the interface between the law of the sea, the conservation and sustainable use of the marine ecosystems, and sustainable livelihoods. In particular, we are interested in:

  • equitable and sustainable fisheries
  • the conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
  • bioprospecting in the marine context
  • deep seabed mining
  • marine ecosystem services for poverty alleviation
  • the right to food and the right to science in the marine context
  • marine spatial planning
  • ecosystem-based integrated oceans management
  • marine renewables
  • climate change and ocean acidification effects

We are collaborating with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), IIED and IUCN on cutting-edge legal questions related to marine biodiversity. We are engaging with a variety of international stakeholders in our research projects and regularly share our research findings at international meetings. We are also providing consultancy to FAO on deep-sea fisheries and marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

We coordinated a special issue of the Marine Policy on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainable fisheries. The issue explored the different tenets of SDG 14 (on oceans and coasts) through the concepts of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation as elements of the ecosystem approach to fisheries, while also considering relevant synergies with other SDGs. The special issue contributed to the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, that took place in June 2017.


Check our publications in the area of oceans here.