Oceans law and policy in focus

Oceans law and policy in focus

7/3/2014

The annual international conference arranged by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy (COLP) at the University of Virginia, will this year be arranged in Bergen (June 25-28th) in collaboration with the Faculty of Law (UiB). COLP is among the leading research communities within legal and policy issues affecting the oceans. This conference will be arranged for the 39th time, and the agenda changes every year.  

A focus on the Arctic 

This years agenda is the challenges of the changing Arctic, focusing on the continental shelf, navigation, and fisheries. Climate changes reduces the Arctic ice cap, which will allow petroleum- and mining industries to enter these areas, as well as opening navigation from and to Asia. -New migration patterns for mackerel is one example of how climate- and temperature changes may cause challenges for administration of fishing rights and resources in Arctic waters. This conference will increase both our knowledge of the Arctic and the laws administrating these areas. 

The main focus is the challenges regarding administration of resources and management of these highly important and vulnerable areas, says  Ernst Nordtveit, professor at the Faculty of Law in Bergen. This conference is directed towards legal professionals working with oceans law, but can also be of interest to scientists that take an interest in administration of marine waters. World-leading experts on oceans law and legal issues regarding polar areas will participate at this conference.

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