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The London International Boundary Conference 2015

Volterra Fietta Client Alert
3 November 2015

When: 1-2 December 2015
Where: The Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

New Speakers To Join The Conference

It is with great pleasure that Volterra Fietta invites you to attend The London International Boundary Conference 2015. If you have not yet registered, there are still some spaces available.

We are delighted to announce that additional speakers have been confirmed for the Conference. Additional biographical information about our guest speakers is available here.

Panellists participating in the Conference are among the world’s leading experts and practitioners in the effective resolution of territorial disputes.

Professor Tullio Treves, former Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (and President of the Seabed Disputes Chamber), will be the keynote speaker of the Conference. Volterra Fietta partner Robert Volterra will also be speaking at the Conference. Judge Schwebel, former Judge and President of the International Court of Justice, will be the guest of honour at the speakers’ dinner.

Two workshops will be held on the afternoon of 30 November and the morning of 2 December, respectively. Dr Robin Cleverly of Marbdy Consulting Ltd will conduct a workshop offering a practical introduction to maritime delimitation. Dr Lindsay Parson of Maritime Zone Solutions Ltd will conduct a workshop on mineral resources beyond oil and gas and their significance for coastal states’ maritime boundaries. This workshop will use the Arctic Ocean as a test-bed for resource evaluation and significance for maritime boundaries.

Six panels will address the following topics:

  • Boundary permeability and the reach of the State in the Middle East and Eastern Europe
  • Regional developments in the South and East China Seas since 2013
  • Technical perspectives on the Arctic
  • Island sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction
  • Ethics and international boundaries
  • Jurisdictional challenges in boundary and sovereignty disputes


Henry Bensurto, Jr., Department of Foreign Affairs of The Philippines
Rodman Bundy, Eversheds
Dr Robin Cleverly, Marbdy Consulting Ltd
Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, London Centre of International Law Practice
Dr Nicholas de Genova, King’s College London (Department of Geography)
Dr Thomas Grant, Wolfson College and Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
Prof. Taisaku Ikeshima, Waseda University
Prof. George Joffe, King’s College London (Department of Geography)
Dr Bjørn Kunoy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Faroe Islands
Prof. Seokwoo Lee, Inha University
Lesther Antonio Ortega Lemus, Embassy of Guatemala in the United Kingdom
Iain Macleod, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Daniel Meier, CNRS-Pacte, University of Grenoble
Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers
Wendy Miles, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Penelope Nevill, 20 Essex Street
Dr Lindsay Parson, Maritime Zone Solutions Ltd
Prof. Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting Ltd
Prof. Catherine Redgwell, University of Oxford
Prof. Clive Schofield, University of Wollongong
Richard Schofield, King’s College London (Department of Geography)
Prof. Malcolm Shaw QC, Essex Court Chambers
Prof. Phil Steinberg, Director, IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research
Prof. Clive Symmons, NUI, Galway and Trinity College, Dublin
Tullio Treves, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) (former Judge)
Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta
Dr Philippa Webb, King’s College London
Chris Whomersley, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
John Williams, University of Durham
Samuel Wordsworth QC, Essex Court Chambers
Dr Xinjun Zhang, Tsinghua University School of Law
Prof. Keyuan Zou, University of Central Lancashire