Australian and New Zealand perspectives on the negotiations at UNCLOS III

Date & time
5–6.30pm Thursday 24 February 2022


Mr Henry Burmester AO QC
Mr Bill Mansfield
Dr Penny Ridings MNZM, University of Auckland
Mr Richard Rowe PSM, ANU College of Law
Dr Camille Goodman
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Presented by Centre of International and Public Law (CIPL), ANU College of Law, and Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)


Part of the Looking Back to the Future in the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS III and the LOSC at 40 series

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In this moderated discussion, four former senior government legal advisers will discuss Australian and New Zealand perspectives on the law of the sea, drawing on their unique experiences in negotiating, applying and interpreting the Law of the Sea Convention over the last 40 years — from the negotiations at the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and of subsequent fisheries, boundary and marine environmental protection treaties, to the challenges of domestic implementation and the settlement of law of the sea disputes through international courts and tribunals.


  • Mr Henry Burmester AO QC »

    Mr Henry Burmester AO, QC is a former Australian Government international lawyer who spent a significant part of his career working on law of the sea issues.  He was a member of the Australian delegation to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea Conference in 1979-80. He also worked on fisheries agreements and delimitation negotiations with Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. He appeared as counsel for Australia in the Southern Bluefin Tuna and Whaling cases and has been an arbitrator under the Law of the Sea Convention.

  • Mr Bill Mansfield »

    Bill Mansfield

    William R (Bill) Mansfield held senior positions in New Zealand’s Public Service including as Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice and Head of the Legal Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  His subsequent activities include a term as a member of the International Law Commission, serving as Counsel for New Zealand before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea and chairing the negotiations to establish the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO).  He was a member of the New Zealand delegation throughout the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

  • Dr Penny Ridings MNZM »

    Dr Penny Ridings

    Dr Penny Ridings, MNZM is a New Zealand International Lawyer and Honorary Professor of Law at Auckland University practising in the field of public international law, including law of the sea, fisheries, environmental law, and international dispute settlement. She was recently elected to the International Law Commission for the term 2023-2027. She has broad experience in international law, including as former New Zealand Chief International Legal Adviser, and has participated in a range of multilateral negotiations involving law of the sea and regional fisheries management. She has represented New Zealand before international courts and tribunals and currently acts as an arbitrator in international disputes.

  • Mr Richard Rowe PSM »

    Richard Rowe PSM

    Richard Rowe PSM is a former senior officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he was the Department’s Senior Legal Adviser with overall responsibility for the International Legal as well as the Corporate Law areas. He has also been Head of the International Organisations and Legal Division and the Pacific Division in the Department. He has been Ambassador to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and has served in senior positions in Australian Missions in New York, Geneva, Noumea, London and Hanoi. He worked, both while in Canberra and overseas, on a range of Law of the Sea issues during his career in DFAT, including the final stages of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. Richard is an Honorary Professor in the College of Law at the Australian National University and a member of the Advisory Board of the ANU's Centre for International and Public Law. He has a particular interest in diplomatic tradecraft and negotiation skills.

  • Moderator: Dr Camille Goodman »

    Camille Goodman

    Dr Camille Goodman is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Law, where she completed her PhD in 2019. From 2005 to 2020, Camille worked at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, providing legal and policy advice to the Australian Government, with a particular focus on law of the sea and international fisheries law. Her first book, ‘Coastal State Jurisdiction Over Living Resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone’ was published by OUP in November 2021.


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