Round table ‘UNCLOS meets an insecure world’ at the Raisina Dialogue 2022

On 26 April 2022, Alex Oude Elferink participated in the round table ‘UNCLOS meets an insecure world’ at the Raisina Dialogue 2022, which is organized by the Observer Research Foundation and took place in New Delhi. He addressed how the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) works in case of interferences or violations of international law.

The Raisina Dialogue is India’s premier conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics committed to addressing the most challenging issues facing the global community. The round table was co-organized by the Observer Research Foundation and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The round table was opened with a speech of  the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Wopke Hoekstra. Apart from Alex Oude Elferink, the panelists at the round table were Jane Chan, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, Dr. Makoto Seta of the University of Yokohama, professor Stuart Kaye, Director of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong (formerly the Dean of Law at the University of Western Australia), Ambassador Christophe Penot, Ambassador for the Indo-Pacific and professor Bimal Patel, member of the National Security Advisory Board, India. The round table was chaired by professor Harsh Pant of King’s College, London.

Alex Oude Elferink provided introductory remarks on the topic ‘How does the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) work in case of interferences or violations of international law? Recent challenges and settlement of disputes’. The discussion at the round table focused on the contribution of UNCLOS to ocean governance and maritime security at the global level and in the Indo-Pacific.