ILA Hellenic Branch

Under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic

The next 40 years

30 November – 1 December 2022
Alkis Argyriadis Amphitreatre
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
Panepistimiou 30

The Hellenic Branch of the International Law Association is organizing a two-days (30/11-1/12) International Conference on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The focus of this conference is not on what UNCLOS has been at the last 40 years, but on how it would look like in the next 40 years. Contemporary and future challenges, like those posed inter alia by the use of autonomous vessels, climate change, the rise of new threats to maritime security, energy security, sustainable development and the protection of marine biodiversity, efficient dispute settlement, will be discussed by distinguished academics and practitioners in this field.
The event will be held in hybrid form, with an option of physical attendance or online attendance via zoom.
The registration for the event is obligatory

The research project was supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) under the “1st Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Faculty Members & Researchers and the Procurement of High-and the procurement of high-cost research equipment grant” (Project Nο: 1415).





The Rector of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
The Dean of the Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
H.E. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic
Professor Maria Gavouneli, President, ILA Hellenic Branch
Keynote address:
Judge Ida Caracciolo, ITLOS (online)
Panel I: Professor Nilufer Oral, International Law Commission
UNCLOS and climate change: Is the Convention fit for purpose?
  • Law of the Sea and sea-level rise
    Professor Davor Vidas, Fridthof Nansens Institutt (online)
  • The impact of climate change on navigation and shipping
    Professor Vasco Becker Weinberg, Instituto Português de Direito do Mar
  • Climate change at sea: The example of the Small Island States
    Professor Margaretha Wewerinke Singh, University of Leiden (online)
  • Litigating climate change
    Professor Benoît Mayer, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lunch break
Panel II: Dr. Nikos Tsafos, Advisor on Energy Security to the Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic
  • Submarine pipelines and cables
    Dr Marika Karagianni, Petroleum Institute, International Hellenic University
  • The conundrum of deep seabed mining
    Professor Surabhi Ranganathan, Deputy Director, Lauterpacht Center for International Law, University of Cambridge (online)
  • Energy at sea and environmental concerns
    Constantinos Yiallourides, Arthur Watts Research Fellow in the Law of the Sea, British Institute of International & Comparative Law and Macquarie University
Panel III: Stratis Georgilas, G&H Chambers
The users of the oceans: Navigation and shipping in the future
  • UNCLOS and maritime autonomous vessels
    Professor Anna Petrig, University of Basel (online)
  • New roads and passages through the Arctic Ocean
    Professor Timo Koivurova, University of Rovaniemi & Polar Cooperation Research Centre, University of Kobe (online)
  • Maritime trade: New challenges?
    Konstantinos Grigoriadis, P&I Standard Club, Piraeus
Coffee break
Panel IV: Dr Akis Papastavridis, Fellow, Athens PIL; University of Oxford
Biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction: The BBNJ canoe closer to its Ithaca?
  • Marine Protected Areas in the high seas
    Professor Maria Madalena das Neves, University of Tromsø
  • A new binding instrument?
    Professor Joanna Mossop, Victoria University of Wellington
  • The European Union and the Law of the Sea
    Dr Anastasia Strati, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Drinks Reception




Panel V: Professor Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Democritus University of Thrace
Maritime security: Novel tools for novel threats?
  • Use of new technologies in the fight against organized crime at sea
    Professor Sofia Galani, Panteion University
  • Privatization of maritime security
    Professor Kiara Neri, Université Lyon 3 (online)
  • Human security v. maritime security?
    Professor Natalie Klein, University of New South Wales (online)
  • Artificial intelligence and conflicts at sea
    Andrés B. Muñoz Mosquera, Director, ACO/SHAPE Office of Legal Affairs, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO
Coffee break
Panel VI: Professor Photini Pazartzis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; Chair, Human Rights Committee
Migration by sea: A recurring theme
  • Protecting borders at sea?
    Eva Tzavala, Chair, Working Group on Migration & Asylum, ENNHRI
  • Is there a right to be rescued at sea?
    Professor Irini Papanicolopulu, Università Milano Bicocca
  • Maritime migration under the new EU Pact for Migration and Asylum
    Dr. Markos Karavias, Ministry for Migration, Hellenic Republic
Lunch break
Panel VII: Professor Petros Liacouras, University of Piraeus
Future maritime disputes: From regulation to resolution
  • The art of maritime boundary delimitation
    Maria Telalian, Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic
  • The challenge of undelimited maritime areas
    Professor Seokwoo Lee, Inha University
  • Forum shopping in the Law of the Sea
    Dr George Petrochilos, KC, Three Crowns LLP
Coffee break
Wrapping it up
UNCLOS and the future
Professor Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of International Law emerita, University of Oxford
Formal dinner for speakers only

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