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The Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland and the Korea Maritime Institute welcome you to attend the Conference on New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea in Reykjavik, Iceland, 28-30 June 2018.

The Nordic Council of Ministers, the Netherlands Government and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea are Associate Sponsors.

The Conference will focus on topics where there has been a particular advancement in knowledge from the time when the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was negotiated, including marine genetic resources, the continental shelf, and deep seabed mineral resources. Attention will also be given to issues where circumstances in the oceans are changing due to global warming, for
example, sea level rise and Central Arctic Ocean fisheries.

The Conference will be held in the new building of the University of Iceland, Veröld – the House of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, on 28 and 29 June. In the evening of 28 June there will be a Reception in Harpa, the beautiful concert and conference centre at Reykjavik harbour. On 30 June there will be an Excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula which includes a walking tour along a spectacular coast and a boat trip from Stykkishólmur.

The programme includes the following panels:

  • BBNJ I: Marine genetic resources

  • BBNJ II: Conservation and management tools and the question of fisheries

  • Continental shelf I: Disputes concerning delimitation and delineation of the continental shelf beyond 200 M

  • Continental shelf II: Seafloor highs

  • Deep seabed mineral resources

  • Dispute settlement in the law of the sea: the next frontier?

  • Climate change and the legal effects of sea level rise

  • The Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement

Sign up for registration by 15 June 2018


The Venue

Veröld – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages

Veröld – Vigdís’ House was opened on 20 April of 2017. 

The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages is a research institute working within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland. The Institute is a research centre for scholars who teach modern languages and cultures, the classical languages, and translation studies.

Since 1 October 2001 the Institute has had the honour of bearing the name of Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland, 1980-1996.

The reasons for changing the Institute’s name were, on the one hand, to honour our former President for her energetic work in foreign languages, and on the other, to help encourage and strengthen research and teaching in foreign languages.

Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir has been a powerful spokesperson for the importance of language proficiency, both in one’s own native tongue as well as in other languages, and she has made a vital contribution to this field in her career as a teacher, as President of Iceland, and as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Venue address:
Veröld, University of Iceland
Brynjólfsgata 1
107 Reykjavik

Veröld by andrúm architects, image by Vigfús Birgisson

Veröld by andrúm architects, image by Vigfús Birgisson