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Monaco Academy of the Sea launched a new training to create experts on ocean diplomacy.

Updated: 5 days ago

The historic legacy of the Principality as for the protection of the seas now takes the form of a unique educational offer. The Académie de la Mer de Monaco – A2M (Monaco Academy of the Sea), made-in-Monaco association aimed at increasing an in-depth knowledge of marine environment, security matters, international and geopolitical relations, directly related to the law of the sea, gets into the heart of his action.

Following up the strong desire of the Sovereign Prince to design a qualified learning institute in Monaco, H.E. Laurent Anselmi, President of the A2M, has recently highlighted the importance of establishing a comprehensive pedagogical training path tackling all aspects concerning the seas thorough a multidisciplinary approach, with a privileged attention to the French-speaking environment, but not only.


The operational part of Monaco Academy of the Sea has just started, after being officially opened on Monday, July the 1st, 2024 in Monaco, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the President of A2M and forty attendees: from international students (bac+3 level onwards) to adults interested in nature sciences, economics, legal and political studies, journalism, communication, business, etc. This summer session is being organised in twelve days during which the participants will be debating on pivotal scientific, political and legal matters. A targeted symposium on overfishing at global scale will be held on the 12th and the 13th July at Novotel Monte Carlo.

The A2M course is meant to raise awareness on the Law of the Sea and the marine ecosystem sustainable management within a certified and unique tutoring for easy access to careers in the tertiary sector services.

As stressed by Sylvie Lienhart (source: Monaco Info), from the Steering Committee of the Pôle Mer Méditerranée and Officer of the Order of the Maritime Merit, the regulatory framework ruling major anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment need to be further developed at local, national and international level. The preservation of marine biodiversity, vital to maintain liveable conditions in the biosphere, depends on a closer cooperation involving Decision Makers, the Business Sector and Research & Development.


High Seas are definitely not territories without legislation and the latest legal trends are moving towards increasingly stringent rules, including new group of crimes for those who transgress, as reiterated by Erick Franckx, full Professor and President of Center for International Law, Faculty of Law and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit of Brussel (V.U.B.).


Ocean in all its shades is the focus of the new educational project by A2M inspired by the motto “la mer à 360°” (sea at 360° degrees) to find diplomatic solutions for resolving economic and social conflicts. Thanks to the presence of a highly qualified teaching staff from prestigious universities and the French Navy. Environment, International Relations and the Law of the Sea will be put on the spotlight in the course of studies.


The emerging training course by the Académie de la Mer de Monaco seems to have all the right characteristics to evolve into a couple of 2nd Level Master’s Degrees, one mainly based on environmental issues and the other more devoted to geopolitics of the seas and the oceans. ***

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By Maurice Abbati

Journalist; Editor; Communication, Media and Public Relations Specialist

Lecturer and Author in English language of Technical Articles and the Manual: "Communicating the Environment to Save the Planet, a Journey into Eco-Communication" by Springer International Publishing.

Cover page of PhD manual by Maurice Abbati


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