Expert Workshop on Sovereignty and Ocean Governance

Sustainable Ocean workshop june 2019

The Sustainable Ocean Project held a closed workshop on sovereignty.  The title of the workshop was: “Sovereignty: a shape-shifting concept in ocean governance?” The workshop was chaired by Seline Trevisanut. It consisted of two panels, on which both our Phd researchers, Nikolaos Giannopoulos and Rozemarijn Roland Holst spoke alongside experts in their respective fields. 

Panel I was titled ‘Sovereignty over the sea in theory and practice’. It engaged with tensions and interactions between the traditional connotations and functions of sovereignty, and its role in today’s changing legal and physical environment. Panel II was titled ‘Sovereignty over marine energy resources: between Scylla and Charybdis?’, and dealt with the functions of sovereignty regarding the regulation of the exploitation of marine energy resources, in the context of relevant international environmental and international investment law obligations.

The Sovereignty workshop took place on the 13th June 2019 at Utrecht University. The workshop facilitated essential discussions in these issues through roundtables with members of the NILOS institute. 

The Sustainable Ocean Project is funded by the ERC Starting Grant (Agreement No. 639070). More info on the project can be found in the workshop pack (pdf)


Report on the Expert Workshop “Sovereignty, a shape-shifting concept in ocean governance?” (Utrecht, 13 June 2019), edited by Vivian Aiyedogbon, Vassilis Dokalis and Isik Girgiç. NILOS Paper Series 2, October 2019.