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Ocean Sustainability Bergen

The Laws of the Ocean

Ocean Sustainability Bergen aims to provide research that deals with the challenges of sharing access and resources of our Ocean.

A thin red line runs from 1609 and the publication of the ground-breaking pamphlet Mare liberum (The Freedom of the Seas) to the present. Today, the freedom extolled in 1609 has given way to more cautionary tales of how this freedom has limits, particularly when it comes to the health of the Ocean. The colonial era freedom that benefitted the few has given way to the idea of global partnerships and a shared understanding of how to beneficially use the Ocean resources that are common to all mankind.

Building on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, one of the key points of debate is Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), which deals with the challenges of sharing access and resources. As part of Ocean Sustainability Bergen, the University of Bergen (UiB) wants to contribute with research and knowledge to provide decision-makers with science based information to make better decisions for our shared future on these vital issues. Taking in a number of disciplines, this is a truly multidisciplinary effort across several faculties.