Leading attorney in marine pollution and riparian rights, Dave Sump will speak about “The High Seas Treaty” at the World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads “Great Decisions” series on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 12 PM ET at Norfolk Academy.

How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate in the recently negotiated High Seas Treaty? Also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty, it will attempt to address complex issues in areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining.

Dave has represented a variety of maritime clients in civilian practice for the past 20 years, concentrating in the area of prosecution and defense of various property damage claims, vessel collision and grounding claims, marine personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as addressing issues involving maritime construction and marine contracts. He is acknowledged as one of the leading attorneys in marine pollution and riparian rights and is experienced in state and federal procurement/contract claims and protests. Prior to entering private practice, David served for fourteen years as a commissioned officer and law specialist in the United States Coast Guard, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions 2023 is a unique opportunity to learn about issues of global importance in an engaging and interactive format. Presentations are open to the public and if free for students and educators. Register to attend.

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