Ms. Marie Valerie Uppiah

Ms. Marie Valerie Uppiah |Clyto Access

University of Mauritius, Mauritius


Expertise: International Trade Law and Maritime Law


Ms. Marie Valerie Uppiah is a lecturer in International Trade and Business Law at the University of Mauritius. Ms M.V.Uppiah has a BA (Hons) Law and Management from the University of Mauritius (Mauritius) and has an LLM in International Business Law from Birmingham City University (UK). She undertakes research in the fields of International Trade Law and Maritime Law. Ms Uppiah is a member of the West Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and a University Partner with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the UNCTAD University IIA Mapping Project.



Title: The creation of an ocean economy by Small Islands Developing States: A way to realise the Right to Development


Many Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) are setting up measures and structures in order to realise the right to development as per Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development 1986. Supported by Goal 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is about the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, many SIDS have started the exploration and exploitation of the sea surrounding them. Being a member of the SIDS and willing to make the realisation of this right a reality, Mauritius has undertaken a series of steps with regards to the exploitation of the sea surrounding it. The purpose of the presentation will be to examine the steps taken by Mauritius in order to realise the right to development by exploiting its marine resources. The focus of the presentation will be on analysing the legal aspects and social impacts of the ocean economy concept that was set up in order to explore and exploit the marine resources. It will be analysed that the laws used for regulating the ocean economy concept have to be reviewed in order to include new techniques such as Marine Spatial Planning in order to make the concept more effective. In addition to this, concerning disputes that may arise in connection with the use of the sea, it will be proposed that a special tribunal be set up to cater for the matter. The relevance of the presentation is that the topic presented can be used by other SIDS as an example for developing the ocean economy concept.


Related Conferences :

Marine Science Research and Technology Conference