Cymie Payne

Cymie Payne

Cymie R. Payne is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology and the Law School at Rutgers University. She has represented the interests of the international community in the marine environment as legal counsel before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, on behalf of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and has provided expert advice before the International Court of Justice and other international courts.

A fogbow seen off the back deck of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during the second Voyage to the Ridge 2022 expedition. (NOAA photo, Ocean Exploration, Voyage to the Ridge 2022)

The high seas are supposed to belong to everyone – a new U.N. treaty aims to make it law

By: and - March 10, 2023

It may come as a surprise to fellow land-dwellers, but the ocean actually accounts for most of the habitable space on our planet. Yet a big chunk of it has been left largely unmanaged. It’s a vast global common resource, and the focus of a new treaty called the biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreement. […]