Past IG Activities


I. Our interest group panel proposal, entitled ‘Nature, Past, Present and Future of Law of the Sea Scholarship’, was included in ESIL2021, the 16th ESIL Annual Conference, Stockholm programme. The speakers of Agora 12 on 11 September 2021 were: Irini Papanicolopulu, Miguel García García-Revillo, and Richard Barnes; the Agora was chaired by André Nollkaemper.

II. Our ESIL IG Law of the Sea webinar series on ‘Current Issues in the Law of the Sea’ (see here for the flyer) took place from May until July 2021. (The meetings were not recorded.) Our five speakers each addressed a topic of their choice, which represents a current challenge/issue in the law of the sea, after which a live Q&A session followed.

  1. Tomas Heidar (Vice-President of the ITLOS): ‘The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Recent Jurisprudence and Looking Forward’, 13 May 2021, chaired by Maria Gavouneli (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens).
  2. Marco Benatar(Associate Legal Officer at the ITLOS), ‘Questions of Evidence in Law of the Sea Adjudication’, 27 May 2021, chaired by Jessica Schechinger (University of Glasgow).
  3. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli (Former Director, DOALOS): ‘Is the future BBNJ agreement going to fill all relevant gaps relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction?’, 10 June 2021, chaired by Irini Papanicolopulu (University of Milano-Bicocca).
  4. Nilüfer Oral (ILC member and Director of the Centre of International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore): ‘Sea Level Rise and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: Adapting to New Realities’, 24 June 2021, chaired by Gabriela Oanta (University of A Coruña).
  5. Fred Soons (Professor Emeritus of Public International Law, Utrecht University): ‘The current significance of the rules of reference in the law of the sea’, 8 July 2021, chaired by Anthi Koskina (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).


Pre-conference ESIL LAWSEA IG meeting: Sovereignty at Sea: Repercussions in flux? , 12 September 2019, Athens.


Conference: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability (organised by Leiden University, in cooperation with the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, the ESIL IG on Migration and Refugee Law, the ESIL IG on International Human Rights Law, and the ESIL IG on the Law of the Sea), 25-26 October 2018, Leiden.

Pre-conference business meeting and workshop: International Law of the Sea and Universality13 September 2018, Manchester.

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Pre-conference workshop: Global Commons and Values in Oceans: What should be the role of the New Implementing Agreement under UNCLOS?6 September 2017, Naples.


PhD and Research Forum: Enforcement at Sea: Legal and Operational Challenges in Maritime Security7 September 2016, Riga.


Workshop, International Law and … the Sea, 3 September 2014, Vienna.


The LAWSEA IG held its second organizational meeting and its first side event during the 2013 ESIL Research Forum in Amsterdam. The minutes of the organisational meeting are available here.


The Law of the Sea Interest Group was launched in 2012 upon the initiative of Professor Garcia Garcia-Revillo (University of Cordoba, Spain). The IG held its first meeting during the 2012 ESIL biennial Conference in Valencia; it organized a substantive panel on the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was chaired by Prof. Garcia. The speakers were two experts in the law of the sea: Profs. Rudiger Wolfrum (Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea) and Maria Gavouneli (University of Athens). In addition, Alexandros Ntovas (University of Southampton) gave a presentation.

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