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Breakfast: International Law and Sea Level Rise: the work of the ILA Committee
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el Miércoles, 11 de Diciembre 2019, 09:00 - 11:00
C/ Serrano 26, 4ºderecha, 28001, Madrid
Given the institutional relations that Fide maintains, we have organized this breakfast session in collaboration with the International Law Association (ILA), the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. To attend, it is essential to request assistance to Victoria Dal Lago ( Please ask for registration conditions.

• Professor Davor Vidas, Chair of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise (*)
• Professor David Freestone, co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise (*)
• Dr. Alejandra Torres Camprubi, Member of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise (*)

Moderator: Carlos Espósito, Chaired Professor of Public International Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Member of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. Member of the Academic Council of FIDE.

In this session, officials and members of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise of the International Law Association (ILA) will present the work and results of the Committee so far and its future plans.

The Committee, which was established by the ILA in 2012, has completed the first phase of its work, regarding priority areas in a relatively shorter-term perspective, and involving the law of the sea issues of maritime limits and boundaries, as well as the issues of migration and human rights. The findings and recommendations of the Committee so far are contained in its 2018 Report and ILA Resolutions 5/2018 and 6/2018, adopted by the ILA at its 78th Biennial Conference, held in Sydney in 2018. With its meeting in Madrid on 10 December 2019, the ILA Committee has proceeded with the second stage of its work, involving the study of international law issues prompted by the mid- and longer-term predictions of sea level rise, including those related to the law of the sea and territory as well as to the rights of the affected population, but also the study of statehood and international law personality questions, and other related issues of international law and international security. The session will offer an opportunity to discuss these and other issues with the Committee members.

Schedule: The session will be held between 9:00am and 11:00am, including a breakfast. Registration: 8.45am-9.00am

- (*) Davor Vidas, is Research Professor in International Law at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway, and Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester, UK. At the International Law Association, he has initiated, and is the Chair of, the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. Professor Vidas is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal monograph series Brill Research Perspectives in the Law of the Sea.

- (*) David Freestone, is Professor of International Law and the Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission. Within the International Law Association, he is Co-Rapporteur of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. He is Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University Law School in Washington DC and Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway. Professor Freestone is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law.

- (*) Alejandra Torres Camprubi, is an international dispute resolution attorney in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department. Based in the firm’s Paris office, Alejandra is admitted to practice in the Madrid Bar as well as the Paris Bar as an EU lawyer. She focuses her practice on public international law, international investment arbitration, and set-aside proceedings before French courts. Alejandra has particular experience representing sovereign States and State-owned entities in arbitration proceedings administered by ICSID and the PCA, as well as in inter-State cases before the ICJ and ITLOS. Her areas of expertise include international environmental law, with a particular focus on climate change law and policy, and the interaction of this field with the international law of the sea and the law on statehood. She acted as legal counsel in the United Nations climate change negotiations and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, as part of an international and interdisciplinary project on the legal consequences of the Anthropocene for International Law. She has published in matters relating to loss of statehood due to sea-level rise, climate change and international security, and fairness in the international regime on climate change and has lectured on these topics in several universities and international organizations. She is also an active member of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise.

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