The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in conjunction with the Law Society of Northern Ireland held this event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS").
UNCLOS, often referred to as "the Constitution of the Sea", now has over 160 States parties and is still attracting new ones. It sets the legal framework for all matters concerning the world's oceans, including navigation, piracy, maritime jurisdictional boundaries, continental shelf, living and mineral resources and protection of the marine environment.
The one and a half day conference analysed the development of UNCLOS in its first 30 years and looked ahead to the challenges of the future.
It took place in the historic maritime city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and bought together prominent UK and international experts in the field.
Information about UNCLOS and its 30th anniversary including a UN video is available here
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Dedicated UNCLOS event page
Conference participants of this event please visit the dedicated event page where you can download event materials.
Conference kindly sponsored by
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Presentations from the conference
Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: and Unfinished Agenda?
Professor David Freestone
Energy at Sea
Professor Maria Gavouneli