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Oceans Governance – Workshop series

Call for contributions and project concept note

Just over 70 percent of our planet is covered by water but excepting major security  incidents such as piracy or war at sea, international relations has largely engaged with the remaining 29 percent of the planet. This ‘seablindness’ (Bueger and Edmunds, 2017) has occurred because the open ocean is easy to access but hard to control.

This presents major obstacles for national governments to be able to pursue their global ambitions (both in terms of climate change, non-traditional security challenges and insecurity), but also tremendous opportunities in terms of freedom of navigation, trade and traditional security objectives. This series of workshops will explore the proposition that, it is not a problem of having too little international law, but rather a challenge of too little governance. By its nature developing research in this area is inherently interdisciplinary and demands new path-breaking approaches to research.

This project will produce three workshops: one in St Andrews (April 2022), one in Leiden (July 2022), and one in London (November 2022).

For the initial workshop in St Andrews on April 7th and 8th, you will be required to provide an outline of an argument or piece of research related to the topic of Ocean governance. Contributions at this stage should be a maximum of 5000 words and should be in the form of a working paper. Please submit an abstract (maximum of 200 words) to Cath Jones, on [email protected], before 5pm (GMT) January 10th 2022.

In your submission please indicate if you would like to contribute in person or online.

For further reading and information, please go here.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Cath Jones ([email protected]) and / or Vanessa Newby ([email protected])


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