43RD annual center for oceans law & policy conference

Biodiversity beyond National jurisdiction: intractable challenges & potential solutions

14 - 17 May 2019, MALMÖ, SWEDEN

The Center for Oceans Law and Policy (COLP), University of Virginia School of Law, the World Maritime University–Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, and The Nippon Foundation are the primary co-sponsors of the 43rd COLP Annual Conference to be held at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, from 14-17 May 2019. The conference title is Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Intractable Challenges & Potential Solutions and the event features many of the world's leading experts on their topics. The conference will discuss the development of an internationally legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).  

Global Participants

Representatives of UN system bodies, international organisations, governments, civil society, industry including the maritime, port, ocean and fishing sectors, NGO´s, indigenous communities, media and WMU/IMLI alumni. 


  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Beyond Natural Jurisdiction (BBNJ)
  • Marine Genetic Resources, Access & Benefit Sharing
  • Area-Based Management Tools (ABMTs) including MPAs
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Scientific Data and Databases, Sensor Technology
  • Capacity Building and Transfer of Technology (CBTT)
  • Cross-Cutting Issues
  • Arctic Issues: Environment, Security, Shipping


Associate Sponsors

Recognizing that all the goals are interrelated and indivisible, the conference is a call for action in support of achieving, in particular, Goal 14 focused on the ocean.