Law School awarded global legal consultancy on marine biodiversity in the deep seas

Dr Elisa Morgera, Senior Lecturer in Global Environmental Law and Dr James Harrison, Lecturer in International Law, have been awarded a global legal consultancy to provide guidance for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The consultancy project is titled “Development and application of guidance for the implementation of international legal instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction” and will run until August 2019. 

It is part of a larger project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in the areas beyond national jurisdiction.” The consultancy aims at improving implementation of existing international obligations and good practices from global and regional legal and policy instruments on sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation.

In particular, Dr Morgera and Dr Harrison will be responsible for the identification of constraints to the implementation of legal and policy instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the formulation of recommendations to address these challenges through legislative intervention.

The findings will be distilled in a global implementation guide, which will be further developed into a regional model policy and legal framework and shared through a capacity-building programme. Dr Morgera and Dr Harrison will, on that basis, also contribute to revising draft national legislation in selected countries.

The project will provide an opportunity for a number of LLM students, on the LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law and on the LLM course in International Law of the Marine Environment, to carry out research assistance to support the work of Dr Morgera and Dr Harrison.

Dr Morgera is the Director of the LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law, and continues her research on marine biodiversity law in the context of the European Research Council-funded project "BENELEX - "Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy - the role of law" (2013-2018). 

Dr Harrison is the Director of the Scottish Centre for International Law and the organiser of the LLM course in International Law of the Marine Environment.

Dr Harrison and Dr Morgera are both active members of the Edinburgh Marine Network.

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