Cymie Payne, Rutgers University
Cymie Payne from Rutgers University spoke at the Faculty on 24 June on the subject of States' responsibilities for the actions of sponsored mining companies exploring or exploiting the deep seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Cymie represented the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Advisory Opinion of the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea 2011. The Opinion clarified that States would be held to a relatively high standard. They would be required to exercise due diligence in regulating the companies they sponsor, and in doing so to act on the basis of the precautionary principle.
Dr. Caroline Foster provided a commentary on the international environmental law concept of due diligence.
Robert Makgill, who had also represented the IUCN, contributed his views, reinforcing governments' obligations to comply.
Participants in the seminar sought to assess whether greater responsibility for commercial seabed activities will prove to be necessary in order to ensure appropriate protection.