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SCSC11 (SPECIAL SESSION): 25 Years of the Law of the Sea Convention

Judge Stanislaw Michal Pawlak is a Polish diplomat, member of the Tribunal since 1 October 2005; re-elected as from 1 October 2014; President of the Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes since October 2017.

This session is designed a grand celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which has been the bedrock of the rules-based order at sea over the last 25 years. It convenes a number of historical witnesses to examine the rise and relevance of the legal framework which has been considered as the Constitution of the Ocean. The panelists are requested to have a look back on how UNCLOS was negotiated and agreed upon and assess the efficiency of the convention over the last quarter of the century. The central question for all panelists is whether UNCLOS 1982 are still fit for the present maritime domain, and whether it should be renegotiated partly or wholly to accommodate new strategic seascape.