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 two 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) (2019 - 2021), and Dr Kerryn Brent (University of Adelaide (2020 - 2022).

The Co-Chairs are supported by formal Friends of the Chair: Holly Mately, Alice Revell, Millicent McCreath, Sam Good and Channelle Fitzgerald.

Recent Events and Activities

OIELIG Panel at 2019 ANZSIL Conference

At the 2019 ANZSIL Conference, OIELIG convened a panel on Technology and Law of the Sea at the ANZSIL Conference, which was held from 4 – 6 July 2019 at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The panel, which was chaired by Bill Campbell AO QC, brought together government and academic speakers for an interesting discussion on the impacts of technology on marine autonomous surface ships, the use of technology by coastal states in the exercise of jurisdiction over living resources in their exclusive economic zones, technology in maritime security operations and the role of technology in the negotiations for a third UNCLOS implementing agreement covering biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.

OIELIG Workshop hosted by Victoria University of Wellington

An OIELIG Workshop was due to be hosted by Victoria University of Wellington in April 2020. The workshop was co-funded by Victoria University and a grant provided by ANZSIL. In addition to providing a forum to network and exchange ideas, the purpose of the workshop was to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to present papers on international environmental law and law of the sea.  In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the workshop had to be postponed. OIELIG Co-Chairs and the Workshop convenor, Associate Professor Joanna Mossop, are working with participants to determine how the workshop could be re-scheduled.

OIELIG Discussion Group

OIELIG member Joanna Mossop has formed an OIELIG Discussion Group to give OIELIG members and other international environmental law and law of the sea researchers and practitioners an opportunity to virtually meet and discuss draft papers and issues of interest to the group. The group convenes monthly over Zoom and has held stimulating discussions about topics including: Maritime Autonomous Vehicles and the Law of the Sea; COVID-19 and the Law of the Sea; and the limits and opportunities of Antarctic governance. The Discussion Group is open to any interested ANZSIL and non-ANZSIL members, with details sent around to those who have expressed interest in attending. Joanna is supported in running the Discussion Group by Cameron Diver and Kerryn Brent.

Contact us:

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

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