The World Maritime University (WMU)- Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is delighted to announce that it will co-host the world-wide Conference on Oceans Law & Policy: Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region that will take place virtually from 10 – 12 May 2021. Co-hosts include the Japanese Institute of International Affairs, the International Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and the Stockton Center for International Law at the United States Naval War College
The Conference will be opened by Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University and Dr. Hide Sakaguchi, President of the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). The conference programme features keynote speeches by Judge Shunji Yanai of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority. An Official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will also deliver opening remarks.
H.E. Laurent Parenté, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will contribute to the discussion regarding Preservation of the Marine Environment, including the Hazard of Plastic Debris Panel. Ambassador Parenté is an esteemed member of the WMU Board of Governors and an experienced champion for the ocean and the work of the IMO. He is a strong advocate of capacity-building at the World Maritime University in maritime and ocean affairs.
Professor Ronan Long, Director of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, noted the conference represents a unique opportunity to bring together senior representatives of governments, some of the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and experts from industry and civil society to explore contemporary issues in the region. Topics addressed will include: Baselines and Archipelagic States; Navigation Rights/Law Enforcement; Arctic Shipping; East China Sea Maritime Boundaries; Maritime Security Issues Concerning Small Island States; Preservation of the Marine Environment, including the Hazard of Plastic Debris; and Issues Arising Out of Climate Change. The conference proceedings will be published by Brill and distributed worldwide.
Conference registration is complimentary and open to the public. To register, click here.

The annual Conference on Oceans Law & Policy, which is in its 44th year, was formerly administered by the Center for Oceans Law & Policy (COLP), University of Virginia School of Law. This year's conference is jointly hosted by The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), the Stockton Center for International Law at the US Naval War College, and the World Maritime University (WMU)-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute under support by The Nippon Foundation. The conference programme has been tailored to address key issues in the region concerning marine plastic pollution, climate change and the special needs of smaller island States within and beyond the region.
The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is established within the framework of the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. The mission of WMU is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and oceans education, professional training and research, while building global capacity and promoting sustainable development. WMU’s vision is to inspire leadership and innovation for a sustainable maritime and oceans future. WMU is an organization by and for the international maritime community and is committed to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute was inaugurated in May 2018 and made possible through generous support from The Nippon Foundation, the Governments of Sweden, Canada, and Germany, as well as the City of Malmö. The vision of the Institute is to act as an independent focal point for the ocean science-policy-law-industry-society interface where policy makers, the scientific community, regulators, industry actors, academics, and representatives of civil society meet to discuss how best to manage and use ocean spaces and their resources in accordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.