A new International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity

In this International Law Lunch Kjell Kristian Egge (Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) will present the process to develop an international legally binding agreement on marine biological diversity.

Egge will offer background to the recent decision of the UN General Assembly to initiate a preparatory process to develop an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. He will identify issues he thinks will be of particular interest in the process, such as

  • the relationship to the existing law of the sea regime (UNCLOS, UN Fish Stocks Agreement, IMO negotiated Agreements, CBD, Nagoya Protocol etc.)
  • the relationship to existing sectoral and regional bodies (IMO, International Sea Bed Authority, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, OSPAR, CBD etc.)
  • the balance between conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

Useful readings

Outcome of the Informal Working Group (pdf).

Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on the development of an international legally binding instrument.

PluriCourts organizes international law lunches once a month where scholars from the University of Oslo and external researchers and practitioners present current topics of public international law. The international law lunches are open to all.

Tags: Environment
Published Aug. 20, 2015 9:02 AM - Last modified Mar. 4, 2016 1:46 PM