Story | 08 Apr, 2022

“Law and Nature Dialogues” – Biodiversity Law and Governance Webinar Series

Monthly Biodiversity Law and Governance Webinar Series: “Law and Nature Dialogues” hosted by the WCEL Biodiversity Law Specialist Group and the Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University

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The Commission’s Biodiversity Law Specialist Group is delighted to partner with the Centre of Environmental Law, Macquarie University to host the ‘Law and Nature Dialogues’ webinar series. The webinar series hosts leading scholars from around to world to address a broad range of cutting-edge biodiversity law issues.

The April webinar will be presented by Associate Professor Surabhi Ranganathan, Cambridge University, Acting Director, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. The webinar will be held on 19 April 2022 at 5pm (AEST, Sydney time), 10am (Uganda), 8am (United Kingdom).

The title of Associate Professor Ranganathan’s webinar is “Terra/aqueous: vexing vents and amphibious legalities in the Anthropocene.” This talk uses the ‘vexing’ liminality of ocean vents to think about how the law of the sea, and ongoing law-making processes, imagine and configure ocean space and ecologies. The ongoing processes vis-à-vis Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction at the UN and seabed mining at the International Seabed Authority seek to absorb vents within suitably tailored regimes that can make sense of the particular ways in which new scientific knowledge confronts the existing law of the sea. However, as A/Prof Ranganathan will argue, both processes amount to legal ‘fixes’ that discount the potential that vents offer to open up how we approach the ocean, its history and political economy.

Attendance at all sessions is free. Please register here to receive the zoom link:
Recordings of this and all future and past Law and Nature Dialogues can be viewed on the Macquarie CEL YouTube account: