Event occurred on: 10-26-2021
Sea-level rise: what are the implications for international law?
Time: 12:30 am - 1:30 pm (BST) / 7:30 - 8:30 am (EDT)
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During this year’s Sixth Committee (Legal) of the United Nations General Assembly, Freshfields will host its annual Public International Law Seminar. In keeping with our past events, a distinguished panel of speakers will explore a topical question of international law of interest to States, international organisations and businesses, judges, practitioners and academics.
The subject of this year’s seminar will be ‘Sea-level rise: what are the implications for international law?’
The speakers will consider a range of issues, including:
- What impact will sea-level rise have on existing maritime entitlements, features and boundaries?
- How will sea-level rise affect the statehood of vulnerable island States?
- Is existing international law ‘fit for purpose’ when it comes to addressing the potential impact of sea-level rise on the global community; or, is material change to the current legal regime necessary?
- What progress has the International Law Commission made in considering these issues?
- What is the view of vulnerable, low-lying States?
To learn more about our public international law practice, click here.
Professor Nilüfer Oral
Member of the International Law Commission and Director of the Centre of International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore
Director-General, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore
Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin
Secretary-General of the Hague Academy of International Law and Professor agrégé at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Defense