Oceans + Climate Change Governance

Please note that due to space limitations, this conference is not open to the public and we are unable to accommodate additional participants.


Climate change is rapidly affecting ocean resources, necessitating modified governance approaches to mitigate impacts and adapt to unavoidable changes. The goal of this conference is to convene international ocean governance experts to discuss current initiatives related to oceans and climate change. We aim to have a holistic conversation about ongoing efforts occurring at international, regional, and select domestic levels, in order to identify best practices and analyze potential or existing linkages to other regulatory and policy frameworks.

This conference coincides with numerous ongoing efforts related to integrating oceans and climate change from legal, policy, scientific, and technical perspectives. Current efforts include the IPCC’s ongoing preparation of a special report on oceans, climate change, and the cryosphere; the ongoing work of the International Law Association’s committee on sea level rise; global discussion of implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14; the work of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction; and many others. We will contribute to these efforts by synthesizing information on governance and regulatory initiatives, including how the regimes link together.

Delivered in partnership by Berkeley Law, University of California, Law of the Sea Institute, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology, and the World Maritime University.

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