International Conference on Legal, Scientific and Economic aspects of Deep Seabed Mining

Kingston, Jamaica  | 14-16 November 2019



2019 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the International Seabed Authority and the entry into force of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. To commemorate these events, the ISA is preparing a year-long calendar of celebratory events in Jamaica and New York, including an open day to celebrate World Oceans Day on 7 June 2019, a special commemorative session of the Assembly of the Authority on 25 July 2019, and side events at relevant international meetings at United Nations headquarters in New York. The celebrations will culminate in a special conference to be hosted by ISA in Kingston, Jamaica, from 14-16 November 2019. The conference will discuss legal, economic and scientific aspects of the regime for deep seabed mining under the Convention and the evolution of the International Seabed Authority since 1994. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia, School of Law (COLP). COLP has a distinguished track record of convening 43 annual conferences on the law of the sea, with the 2019 edition being convened in Malmo, Sweden, in May 2019.

Objectives and results of the conference

The conference will bring together international scholars and experts from the legal and scientific community, especially distinguished participants from the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea, Preparatory Commission for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Seabed Authority, and from the history of ISA. Confirmed speakers to date include a high level government representative of Jamaica, His Excellency Patrick Robinson OJ, Judge of the ICJ, His Excellency Albert Hoffman, President of the Seabed Disputes Chamber, and Sir Michael Wood, Member of the International Law Commission. Distinguished scientists who have contributed to the development of the law of the sea have also been invited. It is anticipated that there will be 40-60 participants, including representatives of the diplomatic community in Jamaica, Permanent Missions to the United Nations, as well as international guests.  The main objectives of the conference will be to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of the Authority as one of the institutions created by UNCLOS, its successes and future challenges;
  • Raise awareness amongst Caribbean States and the local diplomatic community of the importance of the Authority (one panel will focus exclusively on the Caribbean and the Law of the Sea);
  • Contribute to scholarly knowledge on the first 25 years of the life of the ISA.



The recommended hotel is AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica where negotiated rates are available to a limited number of rooms on a first come first serve basis


Registration is now closed


Thursday, November 14, 2019 to Saturday, November 16, 2019
Kingston, Jamaica