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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?

International Relations and Defence Committee
UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)


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Committee holds session with former First Sea Lord and maritime experts

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from a former First Sea Lord and academic experts.

The Committee will ask questions on the effects of climate change on UNCLOS, before discussing the UK’s approach to ensuring compliance with the law of the sea and tackling threats to maritime security.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at World Maritime University
Associate Professor and Co-Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at University of Cambridge
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Former First Sea Lord at Royal Navy

Possible questions:

  • What areas of the law of the sea are most affected by the impacts of climate change? Can UNCLOS and the current law effectively address these changes?
  • What is the impact of sea level rise on baselines, maritime entitlement, boundaries and the status of maritime features? Does the law of the sea need new approaches to deal with these issues?
  • What are the legal and practical implications of changes to the climate of the Arctic region?
  • How should the international law of the sea adapt to the climate change induced changes, such as rising ocean temperatures or sea level rise? What are the initiatives that the UK Government could or should take?
  • How does the Royal Navy help ensure compliance with the international law of the sea (including navigational freedoms) and prevent threats to maritime security? Does the current law of the sea adequately address new and emerging threats?
  • How does the UK co-operate with international partners and allies on maritime security challenges?
  • If you were to advise the Government on areas of maritime security where the UK should be more active and engaged, what would you suggest? In your experience, how might the law of the sea be improved in areas relating to maritime security?

 

Location

Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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