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New Horizons: The future of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

  • 09 Dec 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 10 Dec 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • ANU Canberra and online

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, The Australian National University (ANU) ANU College of Law Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) will convene a conference in Canberra, Australia (and online) on 9 and 10 December 2022, on the topic ‘New Horizons: The future of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’. To maximise engagement and take advantage of the hybrid format, sessions will be scheduled so as to facilitate participation across multiple time zones.

Throughout 2022, we have convened a series of webinars to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the LOSC) which will take place on 10 December. Drawing on the expertise and experience of senior international lawyers, we have looked back and reflected on the history of the LOSC over the last 40 years. To conclude this series we will look forward and consider the future of the LOSC with a conference in which the next generation of law of the sea scholars and practitioners can present their ideas and perspectives on the gaps, challenges and opportunities that will arise over the next 40 years.

Call for papers

Early career scholars and practitioners (including doctoral candidates) and mid-career scholars and practitioners (up to 15 years post-PhD), whether in Australia, New Zealand, throughout the Indo-Pacific, and globally, are invited to submit a proposal. 

We invite proposals which re-examine and re-evaluate the Convention in light of new social, political, environmental, strategic and technological challenges, and reflect on how we might re-shape, reinforce or reconsider the LOSC to meet future realities.

Proposals should be submitted in a single Word document comprising an abstract of 250-300 words, a biographical note of 100-150 words, and a one page CV by COB Monday 8 August 2022. Applicants will be advised if their papers have been successful as soon as possible, and by Friday 26 August 2022 at the latest.

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