Deep Sea Mining: Toby Fisher & Jessica Jones co-author opinion on a moratorium


Toby Fisher and Jessica Jones (together with Prof. Zachary Douglas KC and former Samoa A-G Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu) were instructed by The Pew Charitable Trusts to provide an opinion on the lawfulness of a moratorium on deep-sea mining beyond national jurisdiction.

On Tuesday 2 May at 2pm (BST), they will speak to the opinion and answer questions at a webinar organised by The Pew Charitable Trusts and moderated by RESOLVE.

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The issue of deep sea mining is topical and pressing. In July this year, the International Seabed Authority will decide whether and how deep sea mining beyond national jurisdiction should proceed.

Environmental NGOs and an increasing number of states are calling for a moratorium or precautionary pause on such mining. In their opinion, the authors find that the language of “moratorium” or “precautionary pause” may obscure more than it reveals, but consider that a legal measure to defer exploitation of the deep seabed until it can be done without the risk of significant harm to the marine environment is not merely consistent with international law, it is required by it.