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The World Ocean in Globalization:
Challenges for Marine Regions

International conference on marine affairs and the Law of the Sea

Oslo, 21-23 August 2008

Organizer: Fridtjof Nansen Institute

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World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions (Background photo by Zela)In connection with its 50th anniversary, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) convened this international conference on marine affairs and law of the sea, to provide an independent and qualified forum for the exchange of views, analyses and comments on challenges for seas and marine regions, and their resources, in the face of increasing globalization.

The conference was held in Oslo 21-23 August 2008 with approximately 200 participants from all continents.

This was the third international conference organized by the FNI to discuss challenges for the international cooperation on oceans and seas in general, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in particular. The previous conferences were held in 1983, following up on the adoption of the Convention, and in 1998, addressing implementation aspects following the entry into force of the Convention.

Today, the Convention has 155 parties and is widely accepted as an established legal and policy framework for the world ocean. It is now 25 years since the Convention was adopted – an anniversary that can serve as a good occasion to assess the state of affairs that the Convention aims at regulating.

In the past quarter-century, however, various aspects of globalization – affecting also on the use of the seas – have likely had more impact on the state of the marine environment and resources than all human activities have had in the entire span of human history before. Against this backdrop, the conference had three thematic foci:
   Challenges posed by globalization
   Interaction between global and regional regulatory and policy responses
   Technology and science: Interface with ocean law and policy development

Through these themes, the conference addressed several key issue-areas, including high-seas fishing and international navigation in particular

> Read more about conference background and concept (PDF, 4 pages)

Program and speakers

> Download final program (PDF, 460 kb).

> Download list of Chairs, Speakers and Commentators, including short biographies

Presentations and publications

Most presentations are available as summaries and/or PowerPoint presentations.
> Download Compendium of Summaries
> Go to the Presentations page

Updated and refined versions of many of the papers have subsequently been published as chapters in the following books:

Davor Vidas (ed):
Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation – IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf
Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010, 608 p.

Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei (eds):
The World Ocean in Globalisation.
Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2011, 580 p.

Venue and accommodation

The conference was held at the Telenor EXPO Conference Centre at Fornebu, just outside of Oslo and close to FNI. Most participants stayed at the Radisson SAS Park Hotel, a 5-minute walk from the conference centre.

Sponsors and cooperating partners

Support by the following sponsors and cooperating partners is gratefully acknowledged:
   Ministry of Industry and Trade, Norway
   Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
   Research Council of Norway
   Ministry of the Environment, Norway
   Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Norway
   Ministry of Defence, Norway
   The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association
   Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
   Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
   Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Croatia
   The Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland
   The Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, USA


FNI established the following Organizing Committee to direct the preparations and implementation of the conference:
 Conference Chairman: Mr. Peter Johan Schei, Director
 Conference Program Chairman: Dr. Davor Vidas, Senior Research Fellow and Director of FNI's Marine Affairs and Law of the Sea Programme
 Head of Conference Secretariat: Mr. Claes Lykke Ragner, Project Administrator


For all inquiries regarding the conference, please contact:

Mr. Claes Lykke Ragner
Head of Conference Secretariat
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
P.O.Box 326, 1326 Lysaker, Norway
Tel: +47 67111900 / +47 67111918 (dir) / +47 41045326 (mob)
Fax: +47 67111910
 Related Information:
   Presentation of FNI research on Law of the Sea and marine affairs

Relevant FNI News:

New Major FNI Book on the World Ocean in Globalisation (29.08.2011)

New FNI Book Examines Contemporary Challenges of Ocean Management (23.04.2010)

International Conference on Globalization and Challenges for Oceans and Marine Regions in Oslo 21-23 August (19.08.08)

Media coverage:

'International Conference on Marine Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Oslo, Norway, 2008', Friends of WMU Japan Newsletter, March 2009.

'U Oslu o utjecaju globalizacije na oceane: Kako spasiti mora' ('In Oslo on the Impact of Globalization on the Oceans: How to Save the Seas'), Novi list, 2 September 2008. In Croatian.

'Na sjeveru nesta novo' ('Something New from the North'), Slobodna Dalmacija, 25 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Svjetski strucnjaci za pravo mora: Regionalnom suradnjom protiv balastnih voda' ('World Experts for the Law of the Sea: Through Regional Cooperation on Ballast Water'), Novi list, 25 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Konferencije: Utjecaj globalizacije na oceane' ('Conferences: On the Impact of Globalization on the Oceans'), Metro Express, 25 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Konferencija u Oslu: Globalizacija unistava oceane' ('Conference in Oslo: Globalization Devastating for the Oceans'),, 24 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Globalisering og utfordringer for forvaltningen av havene', ('Globalization and Challenges for Ocean Management'), Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs News Release, 21 August 2008. In Norwegian.

'The World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions', Speech by Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Helga Pedersen, posted on, 21 August 2008.

'U Oslu strucnjaci raspravljaju o utjecaju globalizacije na oceane' ('Oslo: Experts Discuss Impacts of Globalization on the Oceans'), Metro Express, 21 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Oslo: otvorena medjunarodna konferencija o utjecaju globalizacije na oceane' ('Oslo: International Conference on Impacts of Globalization on the Oceans Opened'), Nemo, 21 August 2008. In Croatian.

'Medjunarodna konferencija o morima i globalizaciji od 21. do 23. kolovoza u Oslu' ('International Conference on Seas and Globalization from 21 to 23 August in Oslo'), Novi list, 10 August 2008. In Croatian.

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