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The law which regulates the use of the oceans is one of the oldest branches of international law. It is consequently deeply rooted in traditional understandings of foundational principles, such as sovereignty, territory and subjectivity. Professor Seline Trevisanut holds the chair of International Law and Sustainability at Utrecht University and we are pleased to welcome her to the Law School on Monday 6 February to talk about her latest research.

Event details of The Future of the Oceans: The Role of Human Rights Law and International Environmental Law in Shaping the Law of the Sea
Date 6 February 2023
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room A3.01


The multiplication of activities and of sea users are stressing the legal framework and its tenants by increasingly requiring the law of sea to interact, in particular, with international environmental law and human rights law. The present contribution compares the law of sea/international environmental law interaction with the law of the sea/human rights law one to identify factors and pathways that facilitate or hinder the impact environmental law and human rights on the law of the sea. The analysis aims at offering tools to better understand how international environmental law and human rights law are shaping the present and future of ocean governance.


Seline Trevisanut has held the chair of International Law and Sustainability at Utrecht University since 1 February 2018. She joined Utrecht in 2012 as Marie Curie Fellow and, in the period 2012-2014, mainly worked on her research project “The International Law of Offshore Installations: Cutting Through Fragmented Regimes Towards Better Governance” (CUP, forthcoming). In December 2014, she was granted an ERC Starting Grant for her project “Accommodating New Interests at Sea: Legal Tools for Sustainable Ocean Governance” (Sustainable Ocean). The project started on 1 October 2015 and studies how the law can contribute to the sustainable use of the oceans. It aims to offer a theory of interest- and regime-interaction in ocean governance. It focuses on the interplay between the law of the sea, climate change law and energy law.

Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room A3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam