UP IMLOS Director presents new research at the WILOS Conference

The International Seabed Authority recently selected Asst. Professor Espenilla to present her legal research paper at the first ever ‘Women in the Law of the Sea Conference’

Assistant Professor Jacqueline Espenilla, the current Director of the UP Law Center’s Institute for Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UP-IMLOS), was recently chosen by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to present her paper entitled “Coding ocean equity into the BBNJ Treaty: Understanding the role of developing countries in transforming ocean governance” at the ISA’ first ever Women in the Law of the Sea (WILOS) Conference. The event was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA from September 26-28, 2022.

The International Seabed Authority, in partnership with the Permanent Representation of Singapore to the United Nations, organized the WILOS conference to shine a light on the important contribution of women to the law of the sea, the participation of women in the institutions created by UNCLOS and related regional and sub-regional organizations and the pathways to enhance the potential for women to contribute to the law of the sea in the future. Most notably, the conference provided an opportunity to hear from female presenters from developing States and especially from least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small islands developing States.

The Conference was co-chaired by Judge María Teresa Infante Caffi of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Mrs. Annick de Marffy, former President of INDEMER and former Director of UN DOALOS.

For more information, please visit the conference’s website.
Read the official conference press release here.