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Law of the Sea: New Frontiers and Frictions

Event Details

Time: 17:30-19:00 (followed by a drinks reception)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

This seminar will explore and discuss latest developments in the international law of the sea. This will include the ongoing negotiations at the UN on a new agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ); recent cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and other international tribunals; UNCLOS, climate change and shipping in light of the Paris Agreement; and prospects and problems for the United Kingdom's law of the sea relations post-Brexit.

Discussion will be led by leading practitioners and academics involved in these developments, in governments, international organisations, private practice and academia.

This seminar will be followed by a reception which will include a celebration of the publication of Barrett and Barnes (eds), Law of the Sea: UNCLOS as a Living Treaty. Samuel Wordsworth QC, Essex Court Chambers, will say a few words to introduce the book. Attendees of this event will also be able to purchase this publication for a special discounted price (BIICL Members £20, Non Members £32).


  • Jill Barrett, BIICL and Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Richard Barnes, McCoubrey Centre for International Law, University of Hull
  • Lowri Griffiths, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Frederick Kenney, International Maritime Organisation
  • Professor Ronán Long, University of Galway and University of California

Speaker Biographies


  • Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta

This event is part of the Arthur Watts Public International Law Seminar Series sponsored by Volterra Fietta and is convened by Jill Barrett and Jean-Pierre Gauci, BIICL, in association with Professor Richard Barnes, McCoubrey Centre for International Law, University of Hull.

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CPD Accreditation

This event is accredited for 1.5 CPD hours.

Pricing and Registration

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £40
  • Full-time Academic - £25
  • Full-time Student - £15


  • Individual - £70
  • Full-time Academic - £45
  • Full-time Student - £25

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.

Free NGO Places

A limited number of places for this event are available for staff of NGOs to attend free of charge as part of an initiative by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law to provide NGOs with access to legal education and training events.

Please email our Events Team at with your contact details, your position and the NGO that you work for. We will organise your attendance, subject to availability.

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