Symposium on the Law of the Sea and the Law of Responsibility
This week we are delighted to bring you a symposium exploring the intersection between the law of responsibility and the law of the sea. The motivation for this symposium is twofold:
First, although there is long interaction between the law of the sea and the law of responsibility, the law of the sea has become an area where the intersection is of increasing importance. The posts this week will highlight the ways in which the law of responsibility is being invoked in current controversies involving marine species and resources like whales, sharks and fisheries; and examine the role of the law of responsibility in recent cases involving search and rescue operations, flagged ships, and whaling. The posts will also show that in some instances, there are gaps in the general rules of responsibility that render them inadequate or inappropriate for certain types of disputes with regards to the law of the sea. A dimension of particular interest in this regard will be instances in which questions of shared responsibility arise; these posts will be cross-posted on the SHARES website at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law.
Although we cover law of the sea issues from time to time here at OJ, its not a field we post on regularly. The second goal behind this symposium is therefore to engage in a sustained discussion on developments of note with experts in Europe, North America, and Australia.
Our bloggers and commentators this week include: Natalie Klein, Yoshinobu Takei, Irini Papanicolopulu, Seline Trevisanut, Anastasia Telesetsky, Tim Stephens and Ilias Plakokefalos.
I hope you enjoy the topic, and we look forward to lively exchanges and comments.