Sustainable Ocean Conference 3-4 sept 2020

boten van vissers in Whitstable, Engeland

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.

Programme and practical information.

The full programme can be found as a PDF here:

The conference will take place via Zoom. A limited number of participants will be allowed to actively participate in the discussions. Please register before 24 August 2020 by using the registration links below. 

3 September 2020

10.00-12.30 | Session 1 – Due diligence as an obligation and as a balancing standard
Please register to Session 1 through this link.
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15.00-17.15 | Session 2 – The role of regionalism in accommodating multiple  interests in the global framework  
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4 September 2020

10.00-12.20 | Session 3 – Balancing principles in international law interpretation  
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15.00-16.15 | Session 4 – State consent and other actors
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The conference will also be streamed live and the recording of the sessions will be subsequently made available. More information on this will soon follow here. For any query, do not hesitate to contact us (  

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.