New Frameworks for Troubled Times: A Focus on the Global Fisheries Commons


On June 15-16, 2023, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh will convene a symposium to address global overfishing.

With roughly one-third of the world’s fisheries overtaxed and the World Trade Organization building momentum for reform, now is the time to work towards sustainable solutions. The symposium will bring together a diverse array of scholars, policy experts, and practitioners from academia, NGOs, and industry to craft a new international institutional approach to overfishing.

The symposium will:

  1. Mobilize scholars and policy experts to craft effective and innovative solutions based on the work of scholars like Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom.
  2. Produce research papers on the causes and solutions to the overfishing problem.
  3. Provide novel solutions to overfishing for entities like the WTO.


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