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3rd Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference on 15th and 16th April 2016

On 15th and 16th April 2016 the third Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC) took place in Hamburg. Under the title “A Sea Change for Sustainable Ocean Resource Governance” and the participation of international leading experts on environmental law, focal points of the discussion were put on deep sea mining, marine energy and ocean bed pipe and cable systems.


Environmental protection remains a very pressing issue of our time. By addressing the need for change in this area, the conference was shaped by the scientific talks of the high ranking international speakers. In addition, fruitful debates with participants from over 30 nations led to various suggestions and recommendations of how to establish a balance between the economically efficient use of ocean resources and the preservation of the ocean’s ecosystem.

Given the success of the third Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference, we are looking forward to a new edition in spring 2018!

Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference April 15th/16th 2016Hamburg, Germany

Proceedings 2013

The proceedings of the second Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference 2013 are now available!

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The HIELC 2016 feeds into key areas of interest for the City of Hamburg, namely finding solutions for a "green" but thriving economy, whilst contributing to its reputation as a "smart city" and an excellent location for cutting-edge research and innovation.

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