The 9th edition of the ABLOS conference, organized by the Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea, will address advances and challenges in governing our shared Blue World under the framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea from both legal and technical perspectives. Themes to be discussed include: implications of new and developing technologies on the law of the sea, progress towards safeguarding biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), deep seabed mining, legal and technical aspects of defining insular features and the application of UNCLOS in high latitudes. The event is set to happen on 10 – 11 October, 2017 at the International Hydrographic Bureau in Monaco. Abstracts are accepted until 1st June 2017. More information available here and here.