10th Conference on Operational Maritime Law

02-05 September 2024

Ljubljana, Slovenia

We hope you can join us for the 10th Annual Conference on Operational Maritime Law (COML). Following the success of our previous conferences, the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters - in co-sponsorship with the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, the University of Basel, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia - is delighted to gather military operators, legal experts, members of civil society, and scholars together in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 2-5 September 2024.

“The times change, and we change with them”

The Conference on Operational Maritime Law 2024 is designed to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and experiences between naval practitioners and legal experts, to enhance the efficacy of military operations at sea. Through lively discussion and hands-on training, we will examine relevant legal challenges facing the maritime law community and navies across multiple topic areas. This year we have increased our Conference Training Program to provide additional learning opportunities for legal advisors and operators to improve their competence through numerous tabletop exercises, case studies, and fictional vignettes.

Presentations and discussions will include the following topics:

  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure at Sea
  • Chinese aggressive behavior in the ECS, Taiwan, and SCS
  • Menace in the Red Sea Region
  • New Developments in Autonomous and Unmanned Systems
  • Two Capstone Trainings:
    • The Indo-Pacific
    • Hybrid Scenarios in the Baltic

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