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Lunchtime Seminar: The Move to Mine the Mineral Resources of the Deep Seabed

This Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar on Friday, March 27th, will inform attendees about the administrative regimes and environmental regulatory issues related to development of the mineral resources of the deep ocean floor. To RSVP for the event click here to send an e-mail with your name and preferred e-mail address.

Over the last several years interest in deep sea mineral resources has revived as a result of an increase in demand for metal and in metal prices; a decline in the grade and tonnage of land-based mineral deposits; and advances in seabed mining technology. In April 2014, an agreement was reached between Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, Inc. and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to open the first mine in the deep ocean of the PNG continental shelf. Nautilus hopes to be the first to prove the deep seabed mining concept and technology. Meanwhile, in Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd Marine Consent Decision, the New Zealand EPA refused to grant a “marine consent” to mine the seabed of the New Zealand continental shelf because it was not satisfied that the “life supporting capacity of the environment would be safeguarded”. Further, a number of Pacific Island states have passed progressive legislative frameworks for deep seabed mining and are actively seeking partners. As of July 2014, the International Seabed Authority has approved 26 contracts for the exploration of mineral resources in "The Area”, the ocean space beyond national jurisdiction. Given these on-going developments, the time is ripe to consider the adequacy of the legal framework and challenges posed by deep seabed mining.

Speakers will include Don Anton, Professor of International Law, Griffith University Law School; Caitlyn Antrim, Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans; Peter Oppenheimer, Chief of the International Section of NOAA's Office of General Counsel; and George Taft, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law.

ASIL's International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea interest groups and the ABA Section of International Law International Environmental Law Committee invite you to bring your lunch and discuss these issues.

Co-sponsored by the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans at the Stimson Center

The Stimson Center
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20036 (new address as of January, 2015)

To RSVP for the event click here to send an e-mail with your name and preferred e-mail address

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:00
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