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Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series

The Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series assembles internationally recognized experts to discuss scientific and policy issues that hold important implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The series is jointly organized by Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute and Institute for Global Understanding.

All lectures are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated. For more information, contact

Upcoming Lectures

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Past Lectures

April 6, 2022

International and Domestic Strategies for Ocean Conservation and Biodiversity: Is 30 by 30 Enough?

With California Ocean Protection Council Executive Director Mark Gold, Pew Charitable Trusts Ocean Conservation Program Principal Associate Sebastian Nicholls, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Protected Areas Center Director Lauren Wenzel


March 9, 2022

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Ocean Justice

With University of South Carolina Assistant Professor Monica Barra, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow Juliano Calil, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Assistant Director Sharmini Pitter


October 13, 2021

Current Issues in Global Governance of Whales

With University of Alberta (Canada) Associate Professor of Law Cameron Jeffries, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Staff Scientist Francine Kershaw, and Wildlife Conservation Society Ocean Giants Program Director Howard Rosenbaum


April 8, 2021

Global Fisheries Governance and Social Justice

With University of Washington School of Marine & Environmental Affairs Research Assistant Professor Yoshitaka Ota, Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program Director Xiao Recio-Blanco, and University of Western Australia Professor of Environmental Law Erika Techera.


February 19, 2021

Global Perspectives on Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty to Respond to Climate Change

With Beatriz Martinez Romera, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Samira Idllalène, Cadi Ayyad University (Morocco), and Joanna Siekiera, University of Bergen (Norway).


November 5, 2020

Connected, Dynamic, at Risk: Coastal Nation Interests in a Strong New High Seas Biodiversity Treaty

With Rutgers University Associate Professor Cymie Payne and Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and coordinator of early career professional engagement for the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science

Further reading: The Debate: Time for the U.S. to Sign the Law of the Sea Treaty? (PDF, includes article by Payne)


October 12, 2020

Antacids for the Sea: The Potential Role of Ocean Alkalinization Enhancement in Combating Climate Change

With Wil Burns, co-executive director, The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy at American University.

Download slides (PDF, 2 MB)