September 21, 2021

ROUNDTABLE: Domestic Legal Frameworks for Ocean CDR

Moderator: Romany Webb, Associate Research Scholar, Sabin Center at Columbia Law School

  • Korey Silverman-Roati, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Alexander Proelss, University of Hamburg School of Law
  • Lei Zhang, Shandong University of Science and Technology
  • Keyuan Zou, Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire

ROUNDTABLE: Ocean CDR Business and Investment: What the Law and Policy Community Needs to Know

Moderator: Paul Holthus, Founding President & CEO, World Ocean Council

  • Gaurav Sant, Co-Founder, SeaChange
  • Mike Kelland, CEO, Planetary Hydrogen
  • Phil Kithil, Founder and CEO, Ocean-based
  • Marc von Keitz, Director, Oceans, Grantham
  • Marty Odlin, CEO, Running Tide
  • Ryan Orbuch, Procurement Lead, Stripe Climate

PANEL: Exploring Intersections Between Public Engagement and Justice in Ocean-based CDR

Moderator & Panelist: Elisa Graffy, Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society and in the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), Arizona State University.

  • Brad Warren, Global Ocean Health program, National Fisheries Conservation Center
  • Wil Burns, Visiting Professor, Environmental Policy & Culture Program, Northwestern University

PRESENTATION: Research Governance for Ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal


  • Rebecca Loomis, Legal Fellow, Oceans Division, Nature Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Simon Engler, J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School

September 22, 2021

PANEL: International Regulation of Ocean CDR Options


·     Kerryn Brent, Lecturer, Adelaide Law School

·      Jan MacDonald, Professor, University of Tasmania Law School

·      Chris Vivian, Co-Chair GESAMP Working Group on Ocean Interventions for  Climate Change Mitigation and Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

PANEL: Case Studies in Ocean CDR Project Development: Legal Aspects

Moderator: Brad Ack, Executive Director and Chief Innovation Officer, Ocean Visions


  • Max Chalfin, Director of Research, Running Tide
  • Tom Green, Executive Director, Project Vesta
  • Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Alyson Myers, President, Fearless Fund
  • Bren Smith, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder, GreenWave

PANEL: Setting Standards for Carbon Storage, Duration and Risk: Lessons from Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the Nearshore Seabed


  • Sarah Cooley, Director of Climate Science, Ocean Conservancy
  • Tracy Hester, Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Romany Webb, Associate Research Scholar, Sabin Center at Columbia Law School