Webinar on International Law Aspects of Fisheries and Hydropower in Europe, 10-11 April, 2025, 2:30-5:30 pm CET (5:30-8:30 am Pacific Time)

European Union (EU) law and international law contain provisions to conserve fisheries and prevent the extinction of endangered fish species. EU law and international law also contain provisions to address global warming by seeking to transition from energy sources that produce greenhouse gas emissions (such as coal and oil) to renewable energy sources that do not (such as hydropower). Because the on-stream dams that produce hydropower often have significant adverse impacts on fisheries, these two trajectories of EU law and international law can be in conflict. This is especially true in the Western Balkans Danube River Watershed in Europe where several endangered fisheries are present and numerous on-stream hydropower dams are now proposed. The webinar will identify the provisions of EU law and international law that are at cross-purposes in terms of fisheries and hydropower and explore the potential for improved alignment with a focus on the Western Balkans Danube River watershed. This webinar is organized by the Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California, USA, and is co-sponsored by AIDA, RiverWatch and the International Water Law Project. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/DanubeSalmon .


Monday, April 10, 2023

2:30-3:30 pm CET Keynote Dialogue on Fisheries and Fishing under International Water Law

Professor Gabriel Eckstein (Texas A&M University School of Law) and Professor Paul Stanton Kibel (CUEL Director, Golden Gate University)

15 Minute Intermission

3:45-5:30 pm CET Panel on Fisheries and Hydropower in Europe

Ulrich Eichelmen (Riverwatch, Vienna),

Renewable Alternatives to Hydropower Dams in the Danube River Watershed

Bryan Maddan (CUEL Research Fellow),

Overview of Fisheries Conservation Law and Climate Mitigation Law in the European Union

Professor Slavko Bogdanovic (Serbia),
A Balkan Perspective on International Water Law Pertaining to Fisheries and Hydropower Conflicts

Panel Moderator: Professor Paul Stanton Kibel

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

2:30-4:15 pm CET Panel on Fisheries and Hydropower in Western Balkans Danube Watershed

Professor Steven Weiss (University of Graz, Austria),

Huchen in Hydroland: The Distribution of Danube Salmon in Western Balkans Waterways in the Danube Watershed

Professor Stephen Stec (Central European University, Budapest/Vienna),

The Nexus: Integrating Hydropower and Fisheries Protection in the Drina River Basin

Professor Maja Kostic-Mandic (University of Montenegro Faculty of Law),

Montenegro’s Complaint Against Bosnia under the Espoo Convention Regarding the Bij Bijulk Protect on the Drina River

Panel Moderator: Professor Paul Stanton Kibel

15 Minute Intermission

4:30-5:30 pm CET Transboundary and Cumulative Impacts on Fisheries Missing Pieces in Environmental

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Closing Speaker: Professor Paul Stanton Kibel