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Boalt Hosts Conference on Multilateralism and Ocean-Resources Law
Experts in ocean law will come to Boalt for a conference exploring multilateral agreements in a variety of ocean-resource subject fields and geographical areas. Taking place this Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, Multilateralism and International Ocean-Resources Law will address how the implementation of these agreements has shaped global standards, and how well their various designs have served to reduce conflict while managing resources successfully on a sustainable basis.

The conference is organized in part to recognize the 50th anniversary of the International Pacific Fisheries Convention, a tripartite agreement that involved Japan, Canada and the United States in a multilateral effort at coordinated scientific management of the Northeast Pacific’s marine fisheries. The convention served as a model for later global agreements and was crucial in shaping the subsequent course of debates that led to the UN Law of the Sea Convention.

A major address will be given by Akio Watanabe, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. Panel discussions, featuring marine law experts from around the world, will explore subjects including the domestic politics of Japan in relation to international fisheries, fishery relations between Latin American States and the European Union, and Russian policy and Pacific fisheries.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Earl Warren Legal Institute; the Law of the Sea Institute; and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, with major support from the California Sea Grant College Program. For more information about the conference, contact Karen Chin at or visit the Law of the Sea website.



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