Changing and Dynamic Oceans: Gauging Law and Policy Responses

Fifty Years of Environmental and Energy Law

Join the Environmental & Energy Law Program, the Marine & Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie University, and the Environmental Law Institute for a two–day symposium covering various ocean-related legal topics including offshore energy, marine living resources, and conservation and sustainable use.

Friday, November 9
Offshore Energy

12:30–1 pm: Registration – Kelly Lounge

1-1:15 pm: Welcome and Introduction

1:15–2:30 pm: Panel One: Offshore Oil and Gas (Leasing, Safety, Other Issues)


  • Benjamin Nussdorf, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law


  • Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Matt Haynie, Senior Counsel, Office of General Counsel, American Petroleum Institute
  • Diane Hoskins, Campaign Director, Offshore Drilling, Oceana

2:30–2:45 pm: Coffee Break

2:45–4:30 Panel Two: Offshore Renewables (Tidal Energy, Wind)


  • Jim McElfish, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute


  • Donald Baur, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Paige Espy, Attorney–Advisor, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of General Counsel, Energy Projects Division
  • Lauren Bachtel, Associate Counsel, American Wind Energy Association
  • Phillip Saunders, Professor of Law, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Joshua Segal, Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Maryland Office of the Attorney General

Saturday, November 10
Part 1: Marine Living Resources

8:30–9 am: Registration and continental breakfast – Kelly Lounge

9–10:30 am: Panel One: International Fisheries (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, Climate Change)


  • Xiao Recio–Blanco, Director, Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program


  • Allison J. Caputo, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Lacey Malarky, Manager, Illegal Fishing & Transparency, Oceana
  • Stephen Roady, Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke University School of Law
  • Anastasia Telesetsky, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law

10:30 – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am–12:15 pm: Panel Two: Marine Mammal Protection


Ann Powers, Professor Emerita, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law


  • Natalie Barefoot, Executive Director, Cet Law
  • Lara Levison, Senior Director, Federal Policy, Oceana
  • Olga Koubrak, PhD Candidate, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Ramona Sladic, Legal Officer, Oceans and Environmental Law Division, Global Affairs Canada

12:15– 1:15 pm: Lunch Break

Part 2: Conservation and Sustainable Use

1:15–3:15 pm: Panel One: The UN BBNJ Process


  • Nilufer Oral, Professor, Istanbul Bulgi University; Member, International Law Commission


  • Liz Karan, Senior Manager, Protecting Ocean Life on the High Seas, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Cymie Payne, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Law and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • Mark Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

Panel Two: Regional Case Studies (Sargasso Sea, Arctic)

  • David Freestone, Executive Secretary, Sargasso Sea Commission; Visiting Scholar, GW Law
  • David VanderZwaag, Professor, Canadian Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance; Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University

3:15–3:30 pm: Coffee Break

3:30– 4:45 pm: Panel Two: Deep Seabed Mining


  • Achinthi Vithanage, Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Environmental & Energy Law Fellow, GW Law


  • Kerry Kehoe, Federal Consistency Specialist, Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • Keith MacMaster, PhD Candidate, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Charles Morgan, Principal, Moana Honohu Consulting
  • Conn Nugent, Director, Seabed Mining Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

4:45–4:50 pm: Closing