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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Dr Surabhi Ranganathan giving evidenceThe Faculty's Dr Surabhi Ranganathan gave evidence on 17 November week before the House of Lords' International Relations and Defence Committee. The Committee was continuing its inquiry into whether the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is still fit for purpose.

The questions before the Committee included:

  • What areas of the law of the sea are most affected by the impacts of climate change? Can UNCLOS and the current law effectively address these changes?
  • How should the international law of the sea adapt to the climate change induced changes, such as rising ocean temperatures or sea level rise? What are the initiatives that the UK Government could or should take?
  • How does the Royal Navy help ensure compliance with the international law of the sea (including navigational freedoms) and prevent threats to maritime security? Does the current law of the sea adequately address new and emerging threats?
  • How does the UK co-operate with international partners and allies on maritime security challenges?

Dr Ranganathan evidence alongside Professor Clive Schofield (Head of Research, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, World Maritime University) and (Retired) Admiral Sir Philip Jones (First Sea Lord, Royal Navy (2016-2019)).

Dr Ranganathan is Associate Professor and Co-Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.

The hearing is available to stream from the Parliament website.