Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group

The newly established ANZSIL Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group provides a forum for discussion and collaboration between ANZSIL members in all areas of law of the sea and international environmental law. Given the significant maritime interests and unique environments of Australia and New Zealand, these are important areas of international law in which ANZSIL members have long been closely involved and made important contributions. This group seeks to continue and actively encourage this tradition, by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas, and the development of professional networks between academics, practitioners, public policy makers and students of international law on issues relating to the law of the sea and international environmental law. The group encompasses a wide range of subject matters including:

  • Maritime boundaries
  • International fisheries
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Maritime security
  • Maritime law
  • Marine pollution and marine scientific research
  • Offshore resources
  • Environmental law
  • Climate change

The group welcomes discussion on all of these topics from a wide range of theoretical, practical and cross-disciplinary perspectives, as well as broader discussion on issues such as international dispute settlement and the development of conventional and customary international law in these areas.


The Interest Group is coordinated by three Co-Chairs, elected by Interest Group members for a two-year period, as set out in the ANZSIL Interest Group Guidelines. The current officeholders are Dr Camille Goodman (ADG), Holly Matley (AGD) and Dr Kerryn Brent (University of Tasmania).

Events and Activities

On Friday 24 February 2017 the OIELIG held its inaugural event, a workshop on ‘Law Beyond Boundaries: innovative mechanisms for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction’ in association with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. This workshop was convened to facilitate discussions on the progress of the Preparatory Committee established to develop elements of a draft text for an internationally legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for participants from academia, government and civil society to engage in detailed discussion on the broad range of legal and other issues associated with these developments.

Contact us:

ANZSIL Secretariat | Centre for International and Public Law 
ANU College of Law | Australian National University | 5 Fellows Road | Canberra ACT 2601

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