Saving our Seas through Law

Saving our Seas through Law – Strengthening the legal framework for the Protection of the Marine Environment.

The Saving our Seas through Law (SOS-Law) project aims to explore how the legal framework can be better used or reformed in order to achieve enhanced protection of marine ecosystems.

The SOS-Law Project involved a collaboration between COAST and a research team at Edinburgh Law School, led by Prof James Harrison. The objective of this collaboration was to exchange knowledge on the existing legal framework for marine environmental protection on the one hand and the extant practical challenges in implementation of the law at the local level on the other hand, with a view to recommending ways of strengthening the Scottish legal framework. Recommendations were also discussed with a broader stakeholder group at a workshop hosted by Edinburgh Law School on 11 July 2019.

The project was supported by a grant from the University of Edinburgh College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Impact and Knowledge Exchange Scheme.

SOS-Law Policy Briefs Series

The SOS-LAW project has developed policy briefs exploring the key legal tools that are available to protect the marine environment in Scottish territorial and internal waters, with a view to identifying opportunities for effectively using tools and detecting gaps in the legal framework which could be remedied by legal reform.

To read more and view the Policy Briefs Series, visit the Research Project Website.