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Event occurred on: 10-26-2021

Sea-level rise: what are the implications for international law?

Time: 12:30 am - 1:30 pm (BST) / 7:30 - 8:30 am (EDT)
Location: Zoom

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During this year’s Sixth Committee (Legal) of the United Nations General Assembly, Freshfields will host its annual Public International Law Seminar. In keeping with our past events, a distinguished panel of speakers will explore a topical question of international law of interest to States, international organisations and businesses, judges, practitioners and academics.

The subject of this year’s seminar will be ‘Sea-level rise: what are the implications for international law?’

The speakers will consider a range of issues, including:

  • What impact will sea-level rise have on existing maritime entitlements, features and boundaries?
  • How will sea-level rise affect the statehood of vulnerable island States?
  • Is existing international law ‘fit for purpose’ when it comes to addressing the potential impact of sea-level rise on the global community; or, is material change to the current legal regime necessary?
  • What progress has the International Law Commission made in considering these issues?
  • What is the view of vulnerable, low-lying States?

To learn more about our public international law practice, click here.

Freshfields speakers:

Will Thomas KC

Partner, Head of Public International Law, Freshfields

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Alexandra van der Meulen

Partner, Freshfields

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External speakers:

Professor Nilüfer Oral

Member of the International Law Commission and Director of the Centre of International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore

Daphne Hong

Director-General, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore

Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin

Secretary-General of the Hague Academy of International Law and Professor agrégé at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Defense