18 and 19 April 2013

SHARES Seminar: Practice of Shared Responsibility in International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law

This SHARES Seminar will discuss papers reviewing the practice of shared responsibility in the field of international law of the sea and international environmental law.

In conformity with the general approach of the SHARES Project, the seminar will discuss the law and practice relating to situations where multiple actors (states, international organizations and other non-state actors) have contributed to a single injury, and where questions have arisen about their ex post facto responsibility for that contribution. All papers have in common that they discuss situations where the questions of responsibility are governed, or influenced by international law of the sea or international environmental law.

The seminar will discuss relevant practices of shared responsibility in fourteen issue-areas:

1. Marine pollution

2. Land-based marine pollution

3. Piracy

4. Fisheries

5. Deep seabed mining

6. Antarctica

7. Maritime search and rescue

8. Transboundary water resources

9. Transboundary movement of hazardous waste and chemicals

10. Transboundary air pollution

11. Biodiversity and nature protection

12. Climate change

13. Liability for transboundary harm

14. Joint exploitation of oil and gas

The papers that are presented will be each commented upon by an invited expert-commentator.

By mapping relevant practices in the field of international law of the sea and international environmental law, the seminar will allow for an assessment of the fit of the prevailing principles of international responsibility, and could provide building blocks for a proposal for development and eventually for a broader theory of shared responsibility.

The papers will eventually be published in the second edited volume of the book series on Shared Responsibility in International Law.

This seminar is closed. You can find the programme of the seminar here.

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