Saturday, February 12, 2011

Where can I find news about coastal, ocean, admiralty and maritime law?


Legal journals and publications:

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011: Conference Calendar

2011 conferences related to coastal, ocean, admiralty or maritime law:
  • January 19-21, 2011: 
  • March 14-18, 2011:
      • Theme: "Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World"
  • March 20-25, 2011: 
  • April 12-15, 2011:
    • 31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation, San Diego, California,
      • Featuring special thematic sessions on "Finding Common Ground in Fisheries Management" and "The Science of Advocacy" as well as regional meetings
  • May 11-13, 2011:
    • IV International Conference on Integrated Management of Coastal Zones (CARICOSTAS 2011), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba,
      • Topics will include Health and the coastal environment; Vulnerability, risks and natural disasters; Biodiversity and coastal processes; Sustainable development; Environmental education; Gender in coastal communities; Fisheries and marine culture; Tourism and recreation; Marine law; Coastal pollution; Impacts of climate changes; and Planning and land classification
  • May 14-18, 2011:
    • 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress, Victoria, Canada,
      • World's largest marine conservation conference; hosted by the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • May 20-23, 2011:
    • Third Blue Vision Summit, Washington, DC,
      • Focused on US marine policy; themes will include Gulf Restoration; Moving Ocean Policy Forward; and Addressing Impacts of Climate Change
  • July 17-21, 2011: 
  • August 2-4, 2011:
  • August 28-31, 2011:
    • Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas Conference (EMECS9): Global Summit on Coastal Seas, Baltimore, Maryland,
      • Improving our ability to manage coastal seas in all their ecological, economic, and cultural dimensions

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Resource: A weekly coastal and ocean law case alert

Looking for the perfect resource to keep you up to date on coastal law developments in the US? The National Sea Grant Law Center at Ole Miss offers a weekly Ocean and Coastal Case Alert, an email newsletter that will keep you up to date with current coastal case law.

Cases are organized by Court of Appeals Circuit, making it especially easy to find out what cases are relevant to you.

To find out more, and see archives of the Alert, here:

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Coastal Law Conferences

2010 Conferences related to Texas Coastal Law
February 22-26, 2010
"2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting"
Includes a session on marine spatial planning
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
March 1, 2010  - March 3, 2010
International Conference on Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico
Omni Bayfront Hotel, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
March 4-7, 2010
2010 National Association of Environmental Law Societies CONFERENCE
Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change in the Gulf Coast and Beyond
Loyola College of Law, New Orleans, LA
March 6-10, 2010
"International Conference on Coastal Zone Management of River Deltas and Low Land Coastlines"
Themes include coastal change processes and human influence on coasts; coastal modeling and risk management; coastal and beach ecosystems; and more. E-mail:
Alexandria, Egypt
March 26, 2010 - March 28, 2010
Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Register by: March 19, 2010
April 11-17, 2010
"International Conference on Coastal Conservation and Management in the Atlantic and Mediterranean (ICCCM10)"
Conference themes include strategic environmental assessment in coastal areas; integrated coastal zone management; living with erosion; and tourism and coastal conservation.
Cascais, Portugal
April 15, 2010  - April 16, 2010
2010 Texas Bays and Estuaries Meeting
University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas, USA
Register by March 29, 2010
April 12-13, 2010
"International Symposium on Coastal Zones and Climate Change: Assessing the Impacts and Developing Adaptation Strategies"
Assessing the impacts of climate change in coastal zones (including sea level rise), and examining strategies and policies for adaptation. Web:
Churchill, Victoria, Australia
April 19-21, 2010 "Islands 2010: First International Conference on Island Sustainability"
Topics will include climate change, natural resources and economics, tourism strategies, and more  Web:
Brac Island, Croatia
May 12, 2010 - May 13, 2010
11th Annual Coastal Development Strategies Conference
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
Register by: April 1, 2010
May 20-21, 2010
2010 Eastern Water Resources Conference, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
"Surplus and Scarcity: Adapting to Hydrologic Disruption in the East"
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida
May 26, 2010-May 28, 2010
CNREP 2010: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy: Third National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems
New Orleans, LA
Register by: February 19, 2010
June 6, 2010 - June 10, 2010
16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Register by: March 19, 2010
June 13-16, 2010
The Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference
"Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future,"
Wilmington Riverside Hilton, Wilmington, North Carolina
June 15-17, 2010
"Sustainable Ocean Summit"
Held by the World Ocean Council; it is the first international, cross-sectoral ocean sustainability conference for the private sector
Belfast, UK
June 15-18, 2010
"The Third International Symposium on Research and Management of Eutrophication in Coastal Ecosystems (EUTRO 2010)"
Presenting most recent results and experience in the research and management of coastal eutrophication.
Nyborg, Denmark
August 7-12th, 2010
GIslands 2010 - International Summer School 2010 on Geo-technologies applied to Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands, Portugal
October 25-29, 2010
"6th International Conference on Marine Waste Water Discharges and Coastal Environment (MWWD 2010)"
Themes include: Environmental Impact Assessment of near-shore and offshore discharges; Environmental aspects of water discharges; Eutrophication and discharge’s impacts on marine biology;bio-indicators of pollution; and more.
Langkawi, Malaysia
November 1-3, 2010
"2nd International Conference on Coastal Zones and Engineering (Arabian Coast 2010)" Discussing coastal zone management, coastal dynamics and monitoring, waterfront development, risk management, coastal legislation, and more.
Muscat, Oman
November 8-11, 2010
"Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management"
Reviewing regional case studies, developing new analytical tools, and discussing practical approaches toward future progress
Anchorage, Alaska, US
November 13-17, 2010
5th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
"Preparing for Climate Change: Science, Practice, and Policy"
Galveston Island, Texas

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Spring 2010 UT Law courses related to coastal law

UT Law Spring 2010 coastal courses:

Climate Change Law & Policy
Class Unique #: 28633 Course #: 179M Instructor: Benjamin/Gholz Credits: 1
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Exam type: Early
What the course is about. This one-credit lecture course intends to be an introduction to the expanding area of Climate Change Law & Policy.
Objectives. The main objective of the course is to give students basic knowledge of some of the most important issues in the world debate on climate change. In additon, it will discuss the science behind climate change and the policy challenges that it presents. Finally it will review the most recent legislative efforts and judicial litigation both in the U.S. and in other countries.
The greatest benefits from the topics covered will be to students who plan to work for major law firms with international clients, multilateral organizations, multinational corporations and international NGOs. The course will also provide those who intend to practice Climate Change Law & Policy in the United States a better understanding of the rationales for the international, national and state mechanisms adopted to face this major problem.
Methodology. The course will use four types of learning tools:
a) Texts
b) video conference
c) short-presentations by students
d) Guest lectures
Reading materials. There is no single book that covers the subject matter in full detail. The course will use reading materials from different authors, most of them Americans. The texts written by foreign authors will be in English. If necessary, readings listed will be supplemented or substituted from time to time.
Grading. Grades will be determined primarily on the basis of a final in-room examination, but substantial weight will also be given to class participation (20%).
Prerequisites. There are no prerequisites. The students are not expected to have taken Environmental Policy, Environmental Law, International Law or Comparative Law. However, previous knowledge in those areas would be useful.
Community Development Clinic
Class Unique #: 28930 Course #: 397C Instructor: Way Et Al.
Credits: 3 - pass/fail
Monday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 10:20 am
Exams: None
You must take this class concurrently: 29015
Clinic - APPLICATION REQUIRED. Application and/or instructions on how to apply for this clinic can be

Saturday, October 10, 2009

UT Law courses related to Coastal Law

231, 331, 431, 531. Property. A survey of interests in land and limited topics involving chattels: estates, cotenancy, landlord and tenant issues, conveyancing, private and public control of land use. Two, three, four, or five lecture hours a week for one semester.

230M, 330M, 430M. Real Estate Finance. An advanced problems course dealing with acquisition, financing, development, and disposition of real estate. Two, three, or four lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Law 231K, 331K, or 431K is recommended but not required.

231D, 331D. Real Estate Development. Intermediate-level overview of the real estate development process and relevant areas of law: land acquisition, leasing, construction finance, and permanent finance. Two or three lecture hours a week for one semester.

231K, 331K, 431K. Real Estate Transactions. Intermediate conveyancing course dealing with the transfer, finance, and development of real estate. Two, three, or four lecture hours a week for one semester.

241J. Environmental Law: Technical Issues. A survey of the scientific and technical aspects of environmental

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

On the Ballot: Proposition 9 may determine the future of Open Beaches in Texas this November!

On the Ballot:
Proposition 9 (to amend the Texas State Constitution)
"The constitutional amendment to protect the right of the public, individually and collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico."
Vote --> November 3. 2009
- See Surfrider Foundation website for info (in favor of voting YES to Prop. 9):