Law and Marine Biodiversity: Identifying Legal Limitations and Recommending Changes

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

The consultants will be responsible for finding limitations in the implementation of legal and policy instruments related to biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction. They will make recommendations for addressing these challenges through legislative intervention. Their consultancy project will run until August 2019.

The consultancy's findings will be collected in a global implementation guide which will be further developed into a regional model policy and legal framework. Morgera and Harrison will also contribute to revising draft national legislation in selected countries.

'Development and Application of Guidance for the Implementation of International Legal Instruments Related to Biodiversity Conservation in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction' is part of a larger project. Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), 'Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation of Deep-sea Living Marine Resources and Ecosystems in the Areas beyond National jurisdiction' 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.

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 project.

Dr Harrison is the Director of the Scottish Centre for International Law and a member of the teaching team for Edinburgh Law School's  LLM course in International Law of the Marine Environment.

Related links

 Edinburgh Marine Network

 Scottish Centre for International Law

Related postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School

 LLM programme in Global Environment and Climate Change Law