Enforcing Maritime Laws: the Role of Private Citizens

April 16, 2019 10:00 am — 11:30 am
Washington, DC (and webinar)

Co-Sponsored by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Environmental Law Institute, and National Whistleblower Center

Whistleblowers play an important part in uncovering violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), one of the most important and effective legal instruments in combating marine pollution today. According to a recent review of 100 APPS cases, whistleblowers have been instrumental in over 75% of successful cases, making the United States the leading enforcer of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

This seminar will examine different dimensions of enforcing marine pollution laws and conventions and explore the role that whistleblowers can and do play in the detection of pollution violations. The session will aim to give participants a better idea of how they can engage unconventional actors in ensuring compliance with marine pollution regulations.

This webinar is part of an ongoing Discussion Series that examines how whistleblower laws, emerging technologies, and citizen engagement are transforming the landscape of environmental enforcement today. The series aims to build capacity among government agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals about whistleblower considerations. Based on insights from the NWC, U.S. Department of Justice, and other stakeholders, the series will also examine how these stakeholders may harness the power of new technologies and existing legal frameworks to support environmental defenders and encourage environmental whistleblowing.

Xiao Recio-Blanco, Director of Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute, Managing Director, International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Secretariat, Moderator
Anton DeStefano, Lieutenant Commander, Environmental Law Division, U.S. Coast Guard
Stephen Kohn, Chair of the Board, National Whistleblower Center
Joseph Poux, Deputy Chief, Environmental Crimes Section of Department of Justice, Chair, INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group

Stephen Kohn presentation