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UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?

Inquiry

The Committee’s inquiry will explore the extent to which the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which came into force in 1994, remains fit for purpose in 2021. It will examine the enforcement of UNCLOS, its dispute resolution mechanisms, and the extent to which is has proved able to adapt to new and emerging challenges, including climate change, autonomous maritime systems, and issues of human rights and human security at sea. It will explore the UK’s current policy towards UNCLOS and approach in practice, and consider which international partners and alliances will be important for the UK to address these challenges and uphold its interests. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 12 November 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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8 December 2021
Inquiry UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), and Andrew Murdoch (Legal Director at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
24 November 2021
Inquiry UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Professor Richard Barnes (Professor of International Law at The University of Lincoln)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
24 November 2021
Inquiry UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Professor Douglas Guilfoyle (Associate Professor of Law at University of New South Wales Canberra), and Professor Anna Petrig LLM (Chair of International Law and Public Law at University of Basel)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Oral Evidence
UNC0047 - UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Professor Natalie Klein (Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence
UNC0001 - UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Dr Douglas Guilfoyle (Associate Professor of International and Security Law at University of New South Wales Canberra), and Professor Natalie Klein (Professor of International Law at University of New South Wales Sydney)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence
UNC0002 - UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?
Witnesses Dr Ioannis Chapsos (Assistant Professor (Research) at Coventry University), Dr James Malcolm (Assistant Professor (Research) at Coventry University), and Dr Robert McCabe (Assistant Professor (Research) at Coventry University)
Committees International Relations and Defence Committee
Written Evidence

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