Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance Areas of expertise


We investigate the role of law in promoting the conservation and sustainable use of marine ecosystems, with particular focus on the furtherance of sustainable livelihoods. SCELG benefits from the wide range of expertise of our members on oceans. We are particularly interested in:

  • The conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
  • Equitable and sustainable fisheries
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Marine plastics
  • Marine renewables
  • Bioprospecting in the marine context
  • Human rights in the marine context
  • Climate change and ocean acidification effects
  • Deep seabed mining

Our work on oceans has seen us collaborate with a number of international partners, such as:

  • the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),
  • the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas),
  • the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
  • the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

We have also provided legal consultancy services to many of these partners on cutting-edge legal questions related to oceans governance. Our members have also participated in law of the sea disputes before international courts and tribunals.

Many of our colleagues are involved in the One Ocean Hub, led by the University of Strathclyde with 24 research partners and 25 project partner organisations. The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean.

Oceans publications

Oceans-related projects

Oceans-related consultancies