UNCLOS Conference

How healthy is the ocean’s constitution? 25 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

25 years after it entered into force, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea remains central to international attempts to govern the oceans. But the Convention also faces stresses and strains in multiple areas. 

Join Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Universität Hamburg and the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea for an assembly of leading experts, policymakers, and practitioners who will consider the health and future of the treaty that has often been called a "constitution for the oceans."

Dates: October 17-18, 2019
Location: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg, Germany

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President Jin-Hyun Paik

Jin-Hyun Paik has been Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 2009. In October 2017, he was elected President of the Tribunal for a term of three years (2017-2020). He is currently arbitrator in the “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v. India) caseat the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). He is also President of the Arbitral Tribunal in dispute concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. Russian Federation). Judge Paik is Professor of International Law at Seoul National University in Korea and was dean of its Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS). Over the past three decades he has taught international law and the law of the sea in various universities and institutions around the world. Judge Paik is Member of the Institut de Droit International, and also served as President of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL, 2015-2017). He has written and edited over 150 articles and several books in the fields of international law and relations, law of the sea, international dispute settlement, and Korea’s foreign and security policies.


David Bosco, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

David Bosco is an associate professor at the Hamilton Lugar School for Global and International Studies. A lawyer by training, he is the author of books on the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court. His current book project examines the history of attempts to govern the oceans. He worked previously as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb and as a senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

Amb. Lee Feinstein, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Ambassador Lee Feinstein is founding Dean of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. He has served in senior positions at the State and Defense departments, including as principal deputy director of the Policy Planning Staff and, most recently, as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Poland. Amb. Feinstein is a trustee and member of the executive council of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Chair of its Committee on Conscience, which advises the Museum’s genocide prevention work. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former CFR Senior Fellow, Feinstein is co-author of Means to an End: U.S. Interest and the International Criminal Court.

Rolf Einar Fife, Norwegian Ambassador to the European Union

Rolf Einar Fife has been Norway's Ambassador to the European Union since January 2019. He came from the position as Norway's Ambassador to France. Fife has held various positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1985, and has a law degree from the University of Oslo.

David Freestone, Sargasso Sea Commission

Professor David Freestone is a Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. He is the Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission. He is also founding Editor of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law (now in its 34th year). From 1996-2008 he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, retiring as Deputy General Counsel/Senior Adviser. He was the Ingram Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2009 and has held a number of visiting positions including at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (2014-18), University of Cape Town (2016) and the Oxford University Martin School (2018). He is the author/editor of some 30 books and more than 200 academic articles. His most recent book is Conserving Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (Ed., Brill, 2019). In 2008 he was awarded the Elizabeth Haub Gold Medal for Environmental Law.

Andrew Friedman, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Andrew Friedman is an Officer in International Conversation at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he advises all of Pew’s international environmental campaigns on international law and institutions. Before Pew, he served Legal Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations and was an associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP. He is a graduate of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy and has published articles on submarine telecommunications cables, seabed mining, and the ongoing negotiations over the new agreement on biodiversity in area beyond national jurisdiction. He is the recipient of the 2017 Gerard J. Mangone Prize for the best contribution published in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law where he was a scholar at the Institute for International Law and Justice.

Bérénice Gaudin, Sea-Watch

Bérénice Gaudin (LL.M. Potsdam) is the Advocacy Officer in charge of the Strategic Litigation and Airborne matters for Sea-Watch and has personally participated in airborne missions for the NGO. She graduated with the highest honours in French and German law. Her specialties include human rights, law of the sea and migration.

Maria Gavouneli, Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Maria Gavouneli (LL.M. and Ph.D., Cantab) is Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law & Athens Public International Law Center – Athens PIL, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; Fulbright Scholar – Greece at the University of California Berkeley (2018-2019).

She is currently co-convenor of the LAWSEA Interest Group of the European Society of International Law, having served as co-chair to the LOSIG of the American Society of International Law and member of the International Law Association Committee on Sea-Level Rise. She is the author of numerous articles as well as four monographs, including Pollution from offshore installations (Martinus Nijhoff 1995 – Prix Paul Guggenheim), State immunity and the rule of law (Athens 2001), Functional jurisdiction in the Law of the Sea (Martinus Nijhoff, 2007), Energy installations at sea (2016 – in Greek).

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN Division of Ocean Affairs

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli is Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), Office of Legal Affairs, since August 2013. Apart from three years when she served as Chief of the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, she has been working in DOALOS since 1987. She has devoted most of her career to the provision of assistance in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, as well as in supporting the General Assembly and its processes in considering overall developments relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea. She is currently the Secretary of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Tomas Heidar, Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tomas Heidar has been Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 1 October 2014. He is currently President of the ITLOS Chamber for Fisheries Disputes. Before he served as Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland for almost twenty years. He was awarded the title of Ambassador on 1 September 2014. Tomas Heidar is furthermore Director of the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland. He is Co-director and Lecturer of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. He is also Lecturer at the University of Iceland, the Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea, the IFLOS Summer Academy and many other universities and academic institutions around the world. He is author and editor of a number of books and articles on ocean affairs and the law of the sea and lecturer in numerous academic conferences and seminars in this field.

Lonneke Holierhoek, The Ocean Cleanup

Over 20 years of experience in the maritime and offshore construction industry, from companies such as the Dutch dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord and its predecessors Ballast Ham Dredging and HAM/Hollandsche Beton Groep as well as Elixir Engineers. Master of Science in Technical Mathematics from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) as of 1993 and became G.M.I.C.E.S in Quantity Surveying from Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

Peter Horn, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Peter Horn directs Pew’s work on illegal fishing, bringing together policy, technology, and enforcement initiatives to stop this practice both at sea and through legislative efforts.

Horn joined Pew in 2015 after serving for more than 30 years in the British Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of commander. He served in the Fishery Protection Squadron as well as strategic planning and intelligence. Horn commanded HMS Middleton and led deployments throughout the Atlantic, Middle East, and parts of Asia. He was invested as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1998.

Horn holds a master’s degree in intelligence and security studies from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.

Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Professor Koh is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. Professor Koh has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for his human rights work. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals.

Chie Kojima, Faculty of Law, Chuo University

Chie Kojima is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Chuo University, Tokyo. She holds Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees in law from Chuo University, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale University. She previously served as a Professor at Musashino University in Tokyo, an Assistant Professor of Maritime Law and Policy at World Maritime University in Malmö and a Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Her recent publications focus on the protection of the marine environment, maritime security, and human rights at sea. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Ocean Development and International Law (ODIL) and Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy (APJOLP).

Abdul G. Koroma, Judge (ret.), International Court of Justice

A former judge in The International Court of Justice (1994-2012) He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the Unite Nations, New York and served as Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee(Legal). He was also Chairman of the International Law Commission and chaired the Commission. He was Chairman of the African Union Panel of experts on the settlement of the Territorial and boundary disputes between Sudan and South Sudan. He also served as a member of the Compulsory Conciliation Commission between Timor-Leste and Australia.

Rena Lee, President of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ, Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues and Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore

Rena Lee is Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues and Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore and is concurrently serving with the Hague Diplomatic Office of the Embassy of Singapore (Brussels).

Rena has worked on issues concerning law of the sea, boundary delimitation, environmental law, human rights and privileges and immunities. She represented Singapore in the meetings of the Ad Hoc Working Group and the Preparatory Committee on biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). In 2018, Rena was elected to serve as the President of the Inter-Governmental Conference on an internationally legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Joanna Mossop, Victoria University of Wellington

Joanna Mossop is an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research in the law of the sea has focused on a range of topics including marine biodiversity, dispute settlement, maritime security and fisheries. Her book, The Continental Shelf beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Rights and Responsibilities (OUP, 2016) was joint winner of the JF Northey Memorial Book Award. She is on the Council of the Australia New Zealand Society of International Law and is a member of the Commission on Environmental Law. In 2019 the New Zealand Government nominated her to the list of arbitrators and conciliators under UNCLOS. She is a MacCormick Fellow at Edinburgh Law School until January 2020.

Alexander Proelss, Faculty of Law, Universität Hamburg

Alexander Proelss is the Chair in the International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law, Public International Law and Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg. Prior to his move to Hamburg, he was Professor for Public Law, in particular Public International Law and European Union Law, at Trier University, where he also acted as Director of the Institute of Environmental Law (IUTR) and the Institute for Legal Policy (IRP). From August 2007 to October 2010, he taught public international law and European Union law as one of the directors of the Walter-Schücking Institute for International Law at Kiel University. International environmental law and the international law of the sea constitute the focal points of his research. Proelss has been a member of several national and international research consortia and has advised State agencies, international organizations and NGOs both in Germany and abroad at numerous occasions.

Garth Schofield, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Garth Schofield is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an independent intergovernmental organization, established in 1899 for the settlement of international disputes.  He has worked closely with the arbitral tribunals constituted in the majority of inter-state arbitrations at the PCA since 2009, including in the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration (Bangladesh v. India), Chagos Marine Protected Area Arbitration (Mauritius v. United Kingdom), ARA Libertad Arbitration (Argentina v. Ghana), South China Sea Arbitration (Philippines v. China), and Duzgit Integrity Arbitration (Malta v. São Tomé and Príncipe) under Annex VII to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.  Additionally, Schofield served as Registrar to the Annex V Commission in the Timor Sea Conciliation (Timor-Leste v. Australia) and to two arbitral tribunals established pursuant to the Timor Sea Treaty.

Yoshifumi Tanaka, University of Copenhagen

Yoshifumi Tanaka is Professor of International Law with specific focus on the law of the sea, at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He holds a DES and a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (currently the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and a LLM from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He is the single author of five books, i.e. Predictability and Flexibility in the Law of Maritime Delimitation (Hart Publishing 2006; 2nd edn 2019), A Dual Approach to Ocean Governance (Ashgate 2008), The International Law of the Sea (1st edition, Cambridge University Press 2012; 3rd edn 2019), The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (Cambridge University Press 2018), and The South China Sea Arbitration (Hart Publishing, forthcoming). He has published widely in the fields of the law of the sea, international environmental law and peaceful settlement of international disputes.

Davor Vidas, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Davor Vidas is Research Professor in International Law and Director of the Law of the Sea Programme at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the Chair of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise of the International Law Association (ILA), and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group at the International Commission on Stratigraphy. During the course of the past 25 years, he has initiated and led several major research projects on international law and interdisciplinary approaches to ocean issues, including most recently the international research project on ‘Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century’ (Research Council of Norway, 2014–2019). Professor Vidas is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal monograph series Brill Research Perspectives in the Law of the Sea and of a popular-science book series Anthropocene (Skolska knjiga, Zagreb).