Upcoming Events

This page lists the events that the Hub is (co)organising or taking part in.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Advisory Opinion on Climate Change and the Law of the Sea: Impacts on Youth Climate Justice, International Law, and Human Rights

(17 July 2024 – 3pm CET)

Location:  online – registration link to be confirmed

This webinar is led by World’s Youth for Climate Justice in collaboration with One Ocean Hub. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued its Advisory Opinion on the protection of the marine environment from pollution caused by climate change in May 2024. The Opinion is groundbreaking as it clarifies the legal obligations of States to address climate change as a crisis at the intersection of two critical global commons: the ocean and the atmosphere. ITLOS clearly state that greenhouse gas emissions pollute the marine environment and that States must take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce, and control them. As the first Advisory Opinion on climate change issued by an international court, ITLOS’ Opinion has the potential to shape forthcoming advisory opinions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  The webinar aims to provide a space to critically reflect on the Advisory Opinion released by ITLOS and its impacts on youth climate justice, international law, and human rights – especially in relation to the forthcoming advisory opinions by the IACtHR and the ICJ.

Perspectives on Advisory Opinion Proceedings on Climate Emergency at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice. OCEANS AND HUMAN RIGHTS


(31 July 2024 – 2:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) / 9:00 am Lima/Bogotá time (GMT-5)/ 10:00 am New York time (GMT-4).

Registration link: here >>

Representatives from various sectors will discuss the interactions between climate change, marine biodiversity protection, human rights and the differentiated responsibilities of developed countries towards Small Island States and coastal and island communities, especially those dedicated to artisanal fisheries. This webinar is co-organised by  the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the Center for Marine Justice (previously [JS1] the Observatory for Marine and Coastal Governance), the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law (COSIS), Marine Justice and International Law Research Group, the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD), the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), One Ocean Hub, Opportunity Green, Red de Pescadores, Acuicultores y Étnicos de Colombia, and the University of the West Indies (Barbados)

‘Child/Youth-Friendly Climate Justice: Progress and Opportunities’ Conference (Cork)

Hub Director Elisa Morgera will deliver a presentation titled “Children’s climate justice is also about biodiversity, the ocean and the human right to science” at a “Child/youth-friendly climate justice: Progress and Opportunities” conference (30 September-1 October 2024) at University College Cork, Ireland, organised by Prof Aoife Daly.

Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

(21 October – 1 November 2024)

One Ocean Hub Director Elisa Morgera – in her capacity as a UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights – and Deputy Director Philile Mbatha will attend the 16th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 16) on 21 October – 1 November 2024 in Cali, Colombia. CBD COP 16 will be the first Biodiversity COP since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework in December 2022 in Montreal, Canada. At COP 16, governments will be tasked with (1) reviewing the state of implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework; (2) showing the alignment of their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) with the Framework; (3) developing the monitoring framework and advancing resource mobilisation for the Global Biodiversity Framework; and (4)  finalising and operationalising the multilateral mechanism on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources (CBD, 2024). More information is available here >>