Friday, July 30, 2010

Conference: New Uses of the Sea: International Shipping in the Twenty-First Century

On September 9-10, 2010, the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University will host its Sixth Annual Colloquium. The theme is "New Uses of the Sea: International Shipping in the Twenty-First Century." Information regarding the program and registration can be found here. Here's the idea:
Four key topics will be explored within the Colloquium. The first topic addresses contemporary issues in navigation, exploring the effects of reduced sea-ice coverage on shipping infrastructure, as well as the increasingly significant role that environmental considerations will play in future navigational planning. The ecological theme is continued in the second topic, which analyses the impact of shipping upon the marine environment, examining issues such as invasive species and biodiversity concerns. The third topic questions the impacts of climate change mitigation strategies upon international shipping, examining themes such as the regulation of wind turbines and other sources of alternative energy. Finally, the Colloquium will close with an appraisal of new uses of the sea and their impact upon marine resources, including an examination of contemporary pipeline law and LNG issues.