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IORA Capacity Building Workshop on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

  • Theme of Event

    Maritime Safety and Security

  • Venue
    Virtual Meeting
  • Date
    29 – 29 Jan 2021

In pursuance of the IORA Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security (WGMSS) Work Plan and the 2019 Delhi Consensus, the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), and the IORA Secretariat, will be hosting a Capacity Building Workshop for IORA Member States on the 1982 UNCLOS on 29 January 202, virtually. 

The 1982 UNCLOS which is referred to as the ‘Constitution for the Oceans’ lays down a comprehensive regime for upholding law and order in the world's oceans and seas by establishing rules governing all uses of the oceans and their resources. It is a quintessential legal product of the modern world and enshrines the notion that all problems of the ocean space are closely interrelated and need to be addressed. The Convention has a rich body of legal concepts and regimes for the maritime domain and provides the framework for further development of specific areas of the Law of the Sea.


Most IORA Member States have ratified/acceded to the 1982 UNCLOS. The Indian Ocean region also boasts of successful resolution of maritime boundary disputes; however, there are still several unresolved disputes between regional countries.  Besides, there are a number of important legal issues that span the resource-ecology-environment-military operation matrix.


The following Workshop will include discussions and presentations by experts on the following sessions:

  • 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea and Dispute Resolution;
  • Issues of Freedom of Navigation;
  • Sustainable Fisheries Development;
  • Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing;
  • Protection of the Marine Environment; including
  • Issues of Marine Scientific Research (MSR).

For more information about IORA’s Maritime Safety and Security Priority Area, click here.


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