Skip to Main Content
15 November 2012

Unclos at 30

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in conjunction with the Law Society of Northern Ireland is pleased to announce an event commemorating 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 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.

This one and a half day conference will analyse the development of UNCLOS in its first 30 years and look ahead to the challenges of the future.

It will take place in the historic maritime city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and will bring together prominent UK and international experts in the field.

Speakers include:

Jill Barrett, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Professor Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh and Essex Court Chambers

David H Anderson CMG, Former Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Professor Robin Churchill, University of Dundee

Stephen Fietta, Volterra Fietta

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor David Freestone, Sargasso Sea Alliance and

George Washington University, USA

Professor Maria Gavouneli, University of Athens, Greece

Professor Shotaro Hamamoto, University of Kyoto, Japan

Dr Marie Jacobsson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, UN International Law Commission and University of Lund

Professor Zou Keyuan, University of Central Lancashire

Professor David M Ong, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Nilufer Oral, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Professor Catherine Redgwell, University College London

The Honourable Mr Justice Weatherup, High Court of Northern Ireland

Chris Whomersley, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Sir Michael Wood KCMG, 20 Essex Street Chambers and UN International, Law Commission

Samuel Wordsworth, Essex Court Chambers



The Law Society of Northern Ireland website use cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more details about cookies and how to manage them see our cookie policy

Accept and close