Panel 1: Opening Remarks and Keynote Address - Chapter 1 - Natural Resources and the Law of the Sea - International Law Institute Series on International Law, Arbitration and Practice, Volume 2
Originally from Natural Resources and the Law of the Sea: Exploration, Allocation, Exploitation of Natural Resources in Areas under National Jurisdiction and Beyond - International Law Institute Series on International Law, Arbitration and Practice, Volume 2
DR. SABAHI: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. Please take your seats. We are going to start shortly. My name is Borzu Sabahi, and I thank everyone for being here this early December morning, in the holiday season.
Before starting, I would like to make some administrative announcements. This conference is going to be transcribed and there are members of the media present here. If you want to make any comments or you have questions, of course, you can raise your hand. Someone with a microphone will approach you and you can talk, but if you don’t want anything to go on the record, please say so. Please say, for example, “This is off the record.” And then, when you want to ask a question or raise a point, in the microphone, please introduce yourself and say the name of your institution.
And with that, I leave the microphone to Professor Don Wallace, who’s the Chairman of the International Law Institute and Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
PROF. WALLACE: Thank you, Borzu.
My job is really just to welcome you, once again, and I do, and to give some thanks. I think as the conference plays out, it will speak for itself. I don’t think I have to summarize the program.
I wanted to thank my colleagues at Georgetown, particularly Dean Joshua Teitelbaum; thank my colleagues at the Institute, Bob Sargin, Bianca Burns; thank our sponsors. In addition to the University and the Institute, and I hope they’re in the program, Foley Hoag, Crowell & Moring, Curtis Mallet, TDM, and Juris Publishing. And Juris will, in fact, publish the proceedings of this conference.
From the program, you’ll see who are—it’s a very rich program, incidentally—you’ll see who our speakers are. The Keynote Speaker will be the President of the Court, Professor Golitsyn, who I understand is sitting right here and he will eventually be introduced by Anne Marie.
Our luncheon speaker will be Professor Treves, who is also sitting somewhere. And I think this is pretty much all that I want to say, but again, to just add my welcome to that of Borzu and I hope this is an excellent conference.