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Limits to Blue Growth in the Deep Sea

Limits to Blue Growth in the Deep Sea

Monday, 19 May, 2014 -
11:00 to 12:30

This workshop will address the sustainability issues around deep sea mining, and in particular:

  • Deep sea mining (DSM) in the context of international and European law
  • Legal and environmental options for defining sustainability of DSM
  • Lessons learnt from deep sea fisheries
  • The prospect of DSM in European waters: economic expectations vs. environmental constraints
  • Blue growth in the deep sea: requirements by the Marine Strategy Framework and/or Habitats Directives and related policies
  • Case study: massive sulphide mining at Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Moderators: Stephan Lutter (WWF) – Prof. Dr. Andree Kirchner (ISRIM)


  1. Dr. Ximena Hinrichs Oyarcé, Head, Legal Office, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Hamburg
  2. Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Schiano di Pepe, Professor of International Law, University of Genoa, Italy
  3. Aurore Maillet, European Commission, DG Environment
  4. Marta Chantal Ribeiro, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Porto, Portugal
World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) – Hamburg, Germany
Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law (ISRIM) – Bremen, Germany