Sustainable Ocean

The research project ‘Accommodating New Interests at Sea: Legal Tools for Sustainable Ocean Governance’ (SUSTAINABLEOCEAN) aims to offer a theory of interest- and regime-interaction in ocean governance. The research question is: how can the law contribute to the sustainable use of the oceans and strike a balance between competing interests at sea? The project focuses on the interplay between the law of the sea, climate change law and energy law.

About the project
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This research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant). The project runs from 2015 through 2020. 

The Principal Investigator is dr. Seline Trevisanut. Meet our team and the steering committee.

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The ERC research project SUSTAINABLEOCEAN is carried out within the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) and the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS).


Sustainable Ocean workshop june 2019
17 June 2019
It dealt with sovereignty in today’s changing legal and physical environment and the exploitation of marine energy resources.
boten van vissers in Whitstable, Engeland
6 June 2019
De Utrecht University researcher presented a paper at a conference of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo on 3 June.
Team Utrecht University, winners of the NILOS MCC
27 May 2019
This was the first moot court simulating proceedings under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It was held at Utrecht University.
ERC funding
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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 639070).