key thematic areas of interest

Navigational Rights and Freedoms

This theme builds on the maritime expertise within WMU and focuses on governance issues relating to shipping and particularly navigational rights and freedoms.

Deep Blue: Capacity Building & Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

International instrument (ILBI) relating to biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

Oceans, Climate Action & the UN 2030 Agenda

Oceans are warming and substantial changes to the chemistry of seawater are occurring, including ocean acidification and deoxygenation. These changes severely affect marine environments, habitats and species.

Blue Limits: Spatial Governance of Ocean Space & the Ocean/Coastal/Terrestrial Interface

Foundations for claims to maritime jurisdiction, that is the definition baselines and the management of complex and critical ecosystems located at the land/sea interface in the face of increasing developmental pressures and 'coastal squeeze', compounded by the implications of sea-level rise.

Challenges in Ocean Governance

Human Rights, Gender Equality, Marine Debris, Blue Economy etc.