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Seabed Mining Project

Conn Nugent 

Project Director

Conn Nugent directs Pew’s seabed mining project, an initiative to ensure the adoption of a science-based international code that prohibits mining in large protected marine areas and minimizes environmental damage where mining is allowed.

Before coming to Pew, he was a senior fellow with The Ocean Foundation. 

Nugent holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

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Hannah Lily

Senior Officer

Hannah Lily is a senior officer with the seabed mining team, whose aim is to ensure that high environmental standards and large marine protected areas are incorporated into the legal regime under negotiation at the International Seabed Authority.

Lily is a lawyer in the United Kingdom with 18 years of experience in the private sector, U.K. government, and nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations. She moved to specialize in seabed minerals law in 2011, first with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Fiji and then as legal adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Oceans and Natural Resources Division in London. Lily has helped draft seabed mineral laws now in force in Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Cook Islands.

Lily holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Roman civilization from the University of Leeds and a postgraduate diploma in law from the College of Law, London.