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Annual Conference

  • NY United Nations
  • New York Conference Room
  • New York
  • Tiananmen Beijing
  • Beijing
  • Beijing
  • Prambanan
  • Borobudur
  • Yogya Panel
  • Bergen
  • Bergen
  • Bergen Panel
  • Shanghai

2020 Conference “Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region” POSTPONED

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 to Saturday, May 16, 2020 | International Conference Hall, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Building, Tokyo


The conference will address “Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region”. Panels: Baselines and Archipelagic States; Navigation Rights/Law Enforcement; Arctic Shipping; Maritime Security Issues Concerning Small Island States; East China Sea Maritime Boundaries; Preservation of the Marine Environment, Including the Hazard of Plastic Debris; and Issues Arising Out of Climate Change. Our 44th Annual Conference is co-organized with The Japan Institute of International Affairs, World Maritime University--Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation.

Draft Program

More information coming soon.

2019 Conference “Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Intractable Challenges & Potential Solutions”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 to Thursday, May 16, 2019 | World Maritime University, Sasakawa Auditorium, Malmö, Sweden

The conference discussed the development of an internationally legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Our 43rd Annual Conference was co-organized with the World Maritime University--Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation. Program


Context: Roach ~ Ascencio-Herra ~ Mannini
Marine Genetic Resources: Jaspars ~ Thambisetty
ABMTs: Nam ~ Oral ~ Shi ~ Hoglund
EIAs: Mayer ~ Warner ~ Scott
Capacity Building: Cicin-Sain ~ Hoel ~ Mohammed ~ Harden-Davies
Cross-cutting Issues: Long ~ Mossop
Arctic Issues: Sauvé ~ Dubay

2018 Conference "Cooperation and Engagement in the South China Sea and Asia Pacific Region”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018 | Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

Our 42nd Annual Conference was co-organized with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies and the Chinese Society of International Law.  Program


Regional CooperationSong
Marine EnvironmentRittschof  ~ Kojima ~ Qin
Freedom of NavigationHong ~ Kraska
Straits GovernanceBatongbacal ~ Beckman
ShippingZou ~ Ntovas ~ Chircop ~ Shim
Search and RescueShi ~ Button ~ Gau
Keynote-25 Years of Ocean PolicyBalton
Sustainable FisheriesKim ~ Xue ~ Wang ~ Youel Page
Future Cooperation:Roach ~ Volterra

2017 Conference "The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Yogyakarta, Indonesia, May 16-19, 2017  

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy took place May 16-19, 2017 and was co-hosted by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.  Program

Conference Proceedings Volume


Conservation & Sustainable UseXue ~ Lijnzaad
BBNJ : Warner ~ Kraabel ~ Park ~ Siswandi
Deep Seabed Minerals : Fukushima ~ Potter ~ Aryanto
Marine PollutionPoerwadi ~ Macko
FisheriesAriadno ~ McIlgorm ~ Kim
Climate Change : Scott ~ Roach ~ Johansen

2016 Conference "Legal Order in the World's Oceans: UN Convention on the Law of the Sea"

Monday, June 27, 2016 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | United Nations Headquarters, New York City

The 40th annual COLP conference was organized by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy in cooperation with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and the Office of Legal Affairs of the United NationsProgram

Conference Proceedings Volume


Ocean Affairs and LOS at UNRoach ~ Scott
The Area and ISASpicer ~ van Nijen
ITLOS: Paik ~ Armas-Pfirter ~ Beckman
Commission on Limits Continental ShelfBrekke ~ Oude Elferink
Sustainable FisheriesWang ~ Depypere ~ Hoel
Operational ImplementationMichel ~ Kaye

2015 Conference "International Marine Economy: Law and Policy"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015 | Shanghai, China

The 39th annual COLP conference was co-organized by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law, and the Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  Program

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Arctic Ocean FisheriesHeidar ~ Tang
Deep Seabed RegimeGeddis
Global Maritime SecurityKim 
Current Ocean Law and PolicyLiu ~ Long ~ Gavouneli
Resources and Maritime Boundary Regimes: Paik ~ Schofield ~ Bernard
Economic Aspects of Commercial Navigation: Ning
Pressing Threats to Global Commercial Navigation: Roach