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International Conference "Safety and Security Issues with Respect to Resources Exploitation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction"

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 09:30 to Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 - 17:00
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Academy Palace, Hertogstraat/Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels
Vrije Universiteit Brussel + University of Glasgow

The wealth of areas beyond national jurisdiction has drawn the attention of States and commercial actors and has formed the basis for the development of principles and rules included in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Following the adoption of the UNCLOS, exploitation of resources followed diverging paths. While living resources of the high seas formed the object of ever increasing commercial activity, exploitation of mineral resources of the International Seabed Area was slow to develop and commercial activities are just about to start.

The Brussels International Conference, by focusing on the safety and security aspect of exploitation, will look closely at an often neglected aspect in the exploitation of resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Taking the move from the legal regime and institutional framework incorporated in the UNCLOS, the conference aims at investigating the adequacy of this regime to address safety and security issues and the potential of the institutional machinery to further develop and complete the existing regulatory framework.

The full program of the Conference will be posted on www.marsafenet.org.


Attendance is free, but registration is required and on a first come, first serve basis, by Monday 24 March 2014. A light lunch and coffee will be provided.