UNCLOS Conference - Ghent - 13-14 November 2014

woensdag, 20 augustus, 2014 - 14:30

UNCLOS Conference - Ghent - 13-14 November 2014

On 13-14 November 2014, Ghent University (UGent) will be hosting an international two-day conference at the occasion  of the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The conference, organized in partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université catholique de Louvain ? Mons(UCL-Mons) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, will pause at the success of the Montego Bay Convention in governing the use of the oceans. At the same time, it will look ahead and examine to what extent the Convention is properly equipped to withstand the various challenges ahead, including, for instance, competing territorial and maritime claims in the South and East China Seas and in the Arctic, the fight against piracy, future exploitation of the deep sea bed, ocean pollution, the increased recourse to the UNCLOS dispute settlement regime, etc.

The conference will bring together expert scholars from within and without Europe, as well as practitioners and civil servants (e.g., ITLOS, International Seabed Authority, FAO), to broach the underlying issues from a legal as well as a more policy-oriented perspective. 

Four different panels will respectively address the importance of UNCLOS for the maintenance of international peace and security; its importance for the global economy; for the protection of the marine environment, and; the Convention?s compulsory dispute settlement mechanism. A keynote lecture will tackle the United States position vis-à-vis the Convention.

Detailed information (including program, venue and registration details) can be found in the attached flyer or on the conference 

website:   https://www.ugent.be/re/internationaal-publiekrecht/en/research/conferences/unclos.htm