Technical Lecture and Networking Evening 15.10.15

3rd FIGS Events Lecture

Title:  Deep-sea mining: An emerging marine industry – challenges and responses
Speaker: Dr Philomène Verlaan
Chaired by: Judith Patten MBE

Technical Paper



Dr Philomène Verlaan is an oceanographer (Ph.D., Imperial College London) and an attorney-at-law (J.D., Florida State University; Member of the Florida Bar). As a scientist, her research addresses the formation, biogeochemistry and ecology of deep-sea ferro-manganese nodules and crusts; she has participated in (so far) 22 oceanographic research cruises and nine research submersible dives, and is a Visiting Colleague at the Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai’i. As a law of the sea specialist, she focuses on marine mining and marine scientific research in supporting the environmentally and commercially responsible use of marine resources under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, humankind’s “Constitution for the Oceans”, as so felicitously described by Ambassador Koh. She has worked on the interface between marine science and marine law to assist international intergovernmental organizations (e.g., United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Maritime Organization, International Seabed Authority, Office of the London Convention and Protocol, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) and international non-governmental organizations (e.g., Law of the Sea Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea), including participation in related multi-lateral treaty development and implementation. The author of over 50 refereed marine publications, she has made over 40 invited presentations on marine topics in international fora, is a member of international learned marine professional societies (International Marine Minerals Society, Marine Technology Society, Oceanography Society, Oceans Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law; she is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology), a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Rhodes Academy for Oceans Law and Policy, and serves as editorial associate for the journal Marine Georesources and Geotechnology and the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law.