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

With regard to the great success of the first two Hamburg International Environmental Law Conferences, the third Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference (HIELC 2016) will take place on the 15th and 16th of April 2016 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 will be deep sea mining, marine energy and ocean bed pipe and cable systems.


The conference 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.
Environmental protection remains a very pressing issue of our time. In addressing the need for change in this area, one of the goals of the HIELC 2016 is to make recommendations for the establishment of new guidelines governing the sustainable use of ocean resources and mitigating threats to marine environments. We are awaiting international participation from natural scientists, lawyers and other interested professionals from all over the world to discuss the balance between the economically efficient use of ocean resources and the preservation of the ocean’s ecosystem.


Upon the announcement that the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg would be awarded the title of European Green Capital 2011, a group of lawyers interested in international environmental law, sought to establish an association with the aim to bundle and promote the scientific discourse in the area of environmental law on an international level. Thus, on the 4th of February 2010, the Internationaler Umweltrechtstag Hamburg e.V. (IURT e.V.) was founded. The newly established association then proceeded to organize the first Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference that took place in September 2011. It was deemed a great success and about 200 researchers and practitioners from all over the world took part. A second no less successful conference was held in 2013.


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HIELC Conference Information

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