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11 October 2012

The United Nations Convention On the Law of the Sea (Unclos) Event to Take Place at Law Society House




The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in conjunction with the Law Society of Northern Ireland is pleased to announce a very special event “UNCLOS at 30”, to take place in Belfast on 22nd and 23rd November 2012.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) often referred to as “the constitution of the sea” 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.  Over 160 State parties have subscribed to UNCLOS and it is still attracting new members. 

The 30th anniversary of the original signing of UNCLOS will take place in December 2012 and is being commemorated all over the world including in Jamaica where the first signing took place.

This important event is to be held in the historic maritime city of Belfast and will bring together legal specialists from Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, the USA and Japan, and a number of UK-based experts in a one and half day conference examining both recent developments and future challenges for UNCLOS.

In this first collaboration with the Law Society of Northern Ireland, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law aims to raise awareness of the quality of the research for which it is internationally known and promote knowledge sharing in the international legal community. Following the event the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will publish a new book on the law of the sea.

Representatives of the local and international press will be welcome to join the conference on 22nd or 23rd November.  A full programme is available on our website: “UNCLOS at 30”