Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP (“HWG”) partner Kent Bressie co-chaired the submarine cable-protection seminar as part of the 22nd Session of the International Seabed Authority (“ISA”) in Kingston, Jamaica on July 14, 2016. The seminar, sponsored by the International Cable Protection Committee (“ICPC”), was co-chaired by Kent and the new ICPC Chairman, Graham Evans of EGS Survey.

The ISA regulates deep seabed mining in areas beyond national jurisdiction pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. ICPC, in which HWG actively participates as part of its industry-leading submarine cable practice, works with governments and other industries to protect submarine cables, which serve as the international infrastructure of the Internet.

Uncoordinated deep seabed mining poses risks of damage to submarine cables. The seminar served to educate governments and mining contractors as part of a deepening cooperation initiative between the ISA and ICPC.

For more information about this event or HWG’s submarine cable practice, please contact Kent Bressie by telephone at +1 202 730 1337 or by email at kbressie@hwglaw.com.