Marine Environmental and Conservation Law 2022-23

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Recent years have seen rising concerns over human impacts on the international marine environment, marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Overexploitation of living resources, ocean warming and acidification, as well as harmful pollution, especially from micro plastics, together suggest the need for concerted action to improve the health of the world's oceans and seas. The international community has responded to these concerns through a number of legal instruments, regimes, and institutions at the global and regional levels, though it is clear that much more needs to be done, both to improve the international regulatory framework and, at local levels, to deliver more effective national policy and legislative responses, particularly through transboundary working.
With this background in mind, in this course, we will seek to outline the main laws, regimes and frameworks that come into play at the international and European levels, regulating both the conservation of marine living resources and marine environmental protection. The course will also seek to understand how these global rules and policy frameworks shape local legal and policy responses across the island of Ireland, particularly looking at the implementation of fisheries rules, marine protected areas and marine spatial planning north and south of the border.
Period30 Sept 2022
Held atUniversity College Dublin, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionLocal