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UNCLOS at 30


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The conference programme is available to view here and a downloadable brochure is available here.

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law in conjunction with the Law Society of Northern Ireland is pleased to announce an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS").

UNCLOS, often referred to as "the Constitution of the Sea", now has over 160 States parties and is still attracting new ones. It sets the legal framework for all matters concerning the world's oceans, including navigation, piracy, maritime jurisdictional boundaries, continental shelf, living and mineral resources and protection of the marine environment.

This one and a half day conference will analyse the development of UNCLOS in its first 30 years and look ahead to the challenges of the future.

It will take place in the historic maritime city of Belfast in Northern Ireland and will bring together prominent UK and international experts in the field.

Information about UNCLOS and its 30th anniversary including a UN video is at:

The Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau has provided an online portal for UNCLOS delegates to make hotel reservations. To use this list please click here.

This conference is kindly sponsored by:

Invest Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Law Society

Tourism Ireland

Carson McDowell

With thanks to:

Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureux

CPD hours may be claimed by both solicitors and barristers of England and Wales through attendance at this event.

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Please note that prices shown below are for conference registration and do not include travel or accommodation.


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