Experts in international ocean law, policy, economics, and science to discuss how we manage the oceans as a global commons

New York | 20-21 September

Convened by the Law of the Sea Institute at University of California, Berkeley Law, Colombia Law School and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, the Ocean Commons Conference will be held on September 20-21, 2018 in New York. Over the course of two days the conference will engage in a series of panel discussions about key areas and resources. The discussions span jurisdictional boundaries and engage cross-disciplinary expertise. 

Topics to be discussed include:-

  • The Approaches of the Polar Regions
  • Managing Fish as a Common Resource
  • Institutional Approaches to Managing Commons
  • Marine Scientific Research Supporting Commons Governance
  • Managing Biodiversity as a Common Resource


Dr. Lorna Inniss, Coordinator of the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) will be making a presentation on the importance of UN Oceans, with reference to the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs), CEP's partnership with the Oslo and Paris Convention (OSPAR) and efforts to make further linkages with the Barcelona, Sustainable Oceans Initiative.

Further discussions will entail the strengthening of the Regional Fishery Bodies (RFBs) and RSCAPs, the Secretariat's own regional Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and the Integrated Coastal Management/Permanent Policy Coordination Mechanism (ICM/PPCM).

More information can be found on the Conference Website: