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Mission Statement

A Nonpartisan, Nonprofit Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Scholarship and Education About Legal & Policy Issues Affecting the Oceans



Professor John Norton Moore

The Center for Oceans Law and Policy supports research, education, and discussion on legal and public policy issues relating to the oceans.  Through a regular program of conferences, publications, and lectures, the Center promotes interdisciplinary interaction at all levels, addressing international, national, regional, and state issues.  The Center also provides archives of oceans documents for the library of the University of Virginia School of Law.  The Center sponsors or co-sponsors an Annual Conference of oceans experts and scholars on a contemporary topic of international concern; a summer academy in Rhodes, Greece; visiting scholars; and occasional Oceans Forums.