Call for Abstracts Sustainable Ocean Conference

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The Sustainable Ocean Project is pleased to announce its final conference to be held  Utrecht, on 3-4 September 2020. This will be the closing event of the project, which has been dealing with the following overarching research question since 2015: how can the law contribute to the sustainable use of the oceans and strike a balance between competing interests at sea? 

Top speakers from around the world

Three distinguished keynote speakers will be in attendance: Prof. Jutta Brunnée (University of Toronto), Prof. Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London), and Prof. Catherine Redgwell (University of Oxford). 

The conference will be structured around four interrelated themes:

  • Due diligence as obligation and/or balancing standard;
  • Balancing principles in international law interpretation;
  • The role of regionalism in the accommodation of multiple interests;
  • The role of state consent and the participation of other actors in international law-making and law implementation.

Submission of abstracts

Interested participants are cordially invited to submit abstracts of max. 500 words (accompanied by a selected bibliography of max. 10 references) on these four topics by 30 March 2020 to Please note that a selected group of papers will be considered for publication after the conference. For more information about the conference and participation, please refer to the official Call for Abstracts

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. We are looking forward to your participation and fruitful discussions.
The Sustainable Ocean Project research team.