The History of Science and Law (James Spray and Tom Redd)

James Spray and Tom Redd gave a joint talk on the history of science and law at sea. The talk explored how science has developed our understanding of the marine environment and challenged the way in which humanity exploits natural resources. Beginning with the Roman concept of communis omnium naturali jure (open to all persons by the operation of natural law), through to the most recent European policies, Tom discussed the changing nature of marine and maritime law. James presented a history of research at sea and show how modern technology has radically changed science at sea. This was the first joint presentation given, and both James and Tom did an excellent job outlining the progression of scientific research at sea and the laws that have sprung up around it.