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Conflicting Trends in the Law of the Sea

  • Prof. dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad
  • Freya Baetens
  • dr. Seline Trevisanut
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

Contemporary rules regulating the seas are subject to two opposite pulling forces. On the one hand, there is the age-old bilateral force exercised by coastal States and flag States. On the other hand, there is an increasingly strong pull for communal regulation as can be witnessed, for example, in the debates concerning the common heritage of mankind. Based on her exceptional experience as the top international lawyer representing the Dutch government in treaty negotiations as well as before international courts and tribunals, Prof. Lijnzaad will analyse these conflicting trends in the law of the sea, and examine the role and function of international dispute settlement in this context.

Speaker: Prof. dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Extraordinary Professor Practice of International Law, Maastricht University; Legal Adviser of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the International Law Department. In the latter capacity she has acted as the Agent for the Netherlands in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Criminal Court. Currently she is the co-chair of the UNGA’s Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and of the San Remo Institute of International Humanitarian Law. As the Legal Adviser she participates in the EU’s working group on International Law (COJUR), in the Comité Ad Hoc du Droit International (CADHI) of the Council of Europe, as well as the 6th Committee of the UN General Assembly.

Discussant: Dr Seline Trevisanut, Associate Professor of International Law, Utrecht University

Chair: Dr Freya Baetens, Associate Professor of Law & Director of the LUC Research Centre, Leiden University

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