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Global Challenges

A series of lectures on current issues in world politics - every first Wednesday of the month

Coral reefs are the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. They provide a wealth of ecosystem services, ranging from fisheries, tourism, to coastal protection. However, several global processes are expected to have a profound impact on coral reefs, particularly those processes related to global climate change such as ocean acidification and elevated seawater temperatures. In addition, the intensity of human activities, that adversely affect coral reefs is expected to increase due to population growth and rapid urbanization. Hence, coral reefs face a grim future; can coral reefs persist at all and how does a world without coral reefs look like?

Speaker and discussant

Speaker: Dr. Nicole de Voogd, Senior researcher Marine Biodiversity, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Discussant: Dr.ir. Thijs Bosker, Assistant Professor in Environmental Science, Leiden University College

Time, Place, Venue

Wednesday 1 November
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Auditorium
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
Limited seats available
please register in advance!

Space law is a relatively new field of law that emerged after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into outer space in 1957. A number of international legal instruments governing the use of outer space for peaceful purposes was adopted within the framework of the UN since the late 1960s. The increased use by public and private entities made outer space contested, congested and competitive. This meant that the law also had to evolve, leading to the adoption of multilateral cooperation agreements, international guidelines, and national legislation. Exciting new opportunities now loom on the horizon, such as space mining, private spaceflight, mega-constellations of small satellites, or settling on Mars. This talk will provide some background on the international law of outer space and give some insight into the legal challenges that lie ahead.

Speaker and discussant

Speaker: Dr. Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University

Discussant: to be announced

Time, Place, Venue

Wednesday 6 December
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Auditorium
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
Limited seats available – please register in advance!