About this event

  • Date and time Thu 16 Mar 2023 from 10:45am to 12:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Despite covering two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, the sea is out of sight and frequently out of mind for most of us and yet what happens on and under the water matters to us all.

During this meeting, Commodore Rupert Wallace CBE uses his extensive practical and policy experience to show that there is remarkably little sovereignty or control of the world’s seas. By outlining the development of this historical lacuna and its associated legal framework, this lecture will focus on three critical and far-reaching consequences for the modern world and their impact on our daily lives and prospects: resource conflict, piracy and migration. Don't forget to register for the optional lunch after the lecture before Thursday 9 March 2023 at 12:30pm.

This event is available to attend in person or virtually. Please select your preference below. If you are experiencing technical difficulties when booking the virtual option, please email rfs@rsm.ac.uk so we can add the booking to your cart.

A recording will be available for all registered event participants for up to 60 days after the event. The link will be sent 24 hours after the meeting. Due to the planned rail strikes, we will be sending the Zoom link to watch the event virtually to all registered participants in case of any issues on the day.

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View the programme (In Person)

Registration, tea and coffee
The Sea: Ungoverned space

Commodore Rupert Wallace CBE

Questions and answers
Close of meeting

Followed by lunch for those who have pre-registered

View the programme (Virtual)

Welcome and introduction
The Sea: Ungoverned space

Commodore Rupert Wallace CBE

Questions and answers
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 16 March 2023 at 8:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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