The Webinar series on ‘Current Issues in the Law of the Sea’ is organized by the ESIL IG on Law of the Sea and consists of five seminars, that will take place on Thursdays, every two weeks, from 11.30am-12.30 CEST. The meetings will not be recorded.

Our five speakers have different backgrounds in the law of the sea, and will each address a topic of their choice, which represents a current challenge/issue in the law of the sea. Each speaker will address the topic for max. 30 minutes, after which a live Q&A session of 30 minutes will follow. These webinars are meant to be interactive one hour sessions, and we encourage lively engagement and questions from the audience.

Tomas Heidar (Vice-President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea) opened the series and delivered the inaugural webinar entitled ‘The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Recent Jurisprudence and Looking Forward’. This session was chaired by Maria Gavouneli (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), who convened this IG for many years.

The second webinar was be delivered by Marco Benatar (Associate Legal Officer at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea), who spoke about ‘Questions of Evidence in Law of the Sea Adjudication’. This webinar was chaired by Jessica Schechinger (University of Glasgow).

The third webinar was delivered by Gabriele Göttsche-Wanli (Former Director, UN DOALOS), who spoke about ‘Is the future BBNJ agreement going to fill all relevant gaps relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction?’. This webinar was chaired by Irini Papanicolopulu (University of Milano-Bicocca).

The fifth and final webinar of the series will be delivered by Prof. Fred Soons  (Professor Emeritus of Public International Law, University of Utrecht), who will be speaking on ‘The current significance of the rules of reference in the law of the sea’. This webinar will be held on Thursday 8 July 2021, from 11:30-12:30 CEST, and will be chaired by Anthi Koskina (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). To register for this webinar, click here


ESIL IG Law of the Sea Webinar Series – flyer

Prof. Fred Soons – bio