Largest NATO Legal Conference ever

Lisbon, Portugal

The COE CSW 3rd Conference on Operational Maritime Law was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 21st to 24th September 2015 with more than 100 participants from 30 states. In fact this event established a NATO record in gathering an audience discussing actual legal challenges such as Search and Rescue, Boarding of stateless vessels and the Freedom of Navigation.

In co-operation with the Portuguese Armed Forces the COE CSW contributed to the interpretation of mission relevant international law and once again provided Legal Advisors, Operators and Academics a forum for gainful discussion. Another intended outcome of this and the previous conferences will be the independently peer reviewed first Volume of the “Operational Maritime Law” periodical; planned to be published next year.

The COE CSW proudly announces the 4th Conference which will be held in Turku, Finland from 3rd to 6th October 2016.

For more information about this year’s Conference and the COE CSW legal activities please visit


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