The European Union as a Main Actor of the International Ocean Governance

When? 2pm CEST 22 June 2022

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The European Union (EU) is one of the major actors of the international ocean governance. The surface area of EU-wide territory – a true maritime peninsula – is more sea than land; the maritime areas under its sovereignty or jurisdiction, including the outermost regions, are the most extensive in the world and its Exclusive Economic Zone is the largest on the planet. Moreover, more than two-thirds of EU Member States’ external borders are maritime.
Europe’s interaction with the sea is intense, varied, and vital to its well-being and prosperity. But, the EU depends on the seas and oceans economically, environmentally, and socially, being in its own interest that seas and oceans are in good health. For the EU, blue sectors (e.g., marine living resources, marine non-living resources, marine renewable energy, maritime transport, coastal tourism, etc.) are currently key to restoring the state of health of the environment. Additionally, they are considered an integral part of the most recent strategies and actions adopted by the European Commission (such as, among others, the European Green Deal) in order to achieve resource efficiency by transitioning to a clean and circular economy, reverse biodiversity loss, and reduce pollution.
Against this background, this Panel will address three highly topical EU actions of great significance for the international maritime governance and which are interconnected and complementary. In this regard, special attention will be paid to those EU policies, which have an impact on ocean governance (maritime transport, fishing, climate action, coastal tourism, trade, food industry, etc.) and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (in particular, of SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), and 14 (life below water).


Gabriela Oanta

Gabriela Oanta is associate professor of public international law, Jean Monnet Chair “European Union law of the sea”, and Director of ‘Salvador de Madariaga’ University Institute for European Studies at the University of A Coruña (Spain). She is member of the Global Network for Human Rights and Environment (GNHRE). She also acts as co-convenor of the Interest Group on the Law of the Sea (SEALAW IG) within the European Society of International Law. She has been visiting professor at Widener University Delaware Law School (2017 and 2018), University of Salerno (2019) and University of Perugia (2020). She has taught at different Universities in Armenia, France, Italy, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. She has been visiting researcher at The Hague Academy of International Law (The Hague, The Netherlands), The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) and the LUISS Università Guido Carli (Rome, Italy). She has been a member of different research groups and projects financed by various international and Spanish research institutions. Since 2008, her research has been focused on international and European law of the sea, international organizations, irregular migration by sea, and business and human rights at sea. She is the author or co-author of several books, books chapter published by prestigious publishing houses and articles issued by legal journals indexed in the Web of Science (Journal Citation Reports), SCOPUS and Spanish indexes.

Ioannis Stribis

Ioannis Stribis is an assistant professor of international institutions at the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies (Greece). He holds a PhD from University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne; he is a graduate for the Faculty of Law, university of Athens and holds a Masters degree on Public International Law and a Masters degree on EU Law, both from University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has been the Legal Adviser of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC; Istanbul, 1999-2009) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE; Vienna, 2009-2016). He is the author of several monographs and articles in the fields of international law, law of the sea, law of the environment, human rights law and international organizations. His main fields of research are: international law, international organizations, international law of the sea and international environmental law.

Simone Vezzani

Simone Vezzani is associate professor in European Union law at the University of Perugia (Law Department) and qualified as full professor in international law (Italy). He was awarded the Riccardo Monaco Prize by the Italian Society of International Law for his PhD thesis in International Law discussed at the University of Florence. He was visiting scholar at Georgetown University and participated in the 2011 session of the Centre for Stdies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law. He has gained extensive teaching experience in International and EU Law in Italy and abroad, and is the author of many publications in this field. His research area includes biodiversity law, human rights and the environment, with a special focus on Indigenous peoples and peasants’ rights. His latest book deals with ‘Jurisdiction in International Fisheries Law. Evolving Trends and New Challenges’ (Wolters Kluwer, 2020).


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