The Experts Informal Workshop on High Seas Governance in the 21st Century was held from October 17 to 19, 2007, and brought together over 50 global experts on international marine policy, science, law and economics to address urgent concerns about how to govern the high seas and what global priorities should be when it comes to the protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
An initiative of the CEL High Seas Subgroup of the Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs Specialist Group, the Workshop was organized with the cooperation and support of The World Conservation Union (IUCN), the University of New South Wales Law School, Pace Law School, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Juice Energy Inc.
Major financial support was provided by the Australian Mission to the United Nations, the Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources, the JM Kaplan Fund and the Netherlands Ministry for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
The objective of the Workshop was to bring together leading experts in high seas governance to develop a range of policy and regulatory options and proposals for the further development of the high seas legal regime under the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea. A report from the workshop will be developed. For further information on the workshop contact Kristina M. Gjerde or Rosemary Rayfuse, the co-chairs of CEL High Seas Subgroup of the Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs Specialist Group.