Argentina: MPA Yaganes and Namuncurá approved

The Senate of Argentina has approved the creation of two new Marine Protected Areas (MPA), Yaganes and Namuncurá-Banco Burdwood II. These areas are located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Argentina. Yaganes is approximately 69 thousand km2, while Namuncurá – Banco Burdwood II covers more than 32 thousand km2. The respective legal text (Ley 27490), published 17 December 2018, can be found here (Spanish). The press releases from the Government of Argentina may be found here (Spanish) and here (Spanish). More information about these areas may be found here.


Location of the National Marine Park of Yaganes and the National Marine Reserves of Namuncurá – Banco Burdwood II. Source: Wildlife Conservation Society

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Call for papers: ESIL Conference, Agora I

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) is hosting its 15th Conference in Athens, Greece on 12-14 September 2019. The theme of the event is “Sovereignty: a concept in flux?” and Agora I, is entitled “Beyond Sovereignty: ABNJ and the LoS”. Possible topics for discussion include the discovery of commercially valuable genetic and biochemical resources, or the use of the Area Based Management Tools, including Marine Protected Areas. The call for papers may be found here. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2019. More information is available here.

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Conference: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

The OECD, in cooperation with the Portuguese Government, is organising an international conference on Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean: Observatories and Knowledge Networks. The event will take place on 14 February 2019 at the Auditorium of IPMA, Lisbon/Algés, Portugal. The Draft Agenda and Practical Information have already been made available and registration can be done here up until 10 February 2019.  More information on the Ocean Economy Group can be found here.

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Rhodes Academy 2019

The twenty-fourth session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy will be held 30 June – 19 July 2019. The deadline to submit an application is 9 April 2019. For more information, fees and application documents please see here.

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Arbitral Tribunal and ECtHR: The Kerch Strait Incident November 2018

An incident between Ukrainian and Russian governmental vessels occurred in the vicinity of the entrance to the Kerch Strait, 25 November 2018, of which the facts are disputed.

In a letter (2) dated 27 November 2018, Ukraine informed the Arbitral Tribunal in the Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation) (previously reported) about the incident, on the basis it aggravated the parties’ dispute. Ukraine also filed its response to Russia’s jurisdictional objections.

On the 29 November 2018 an inter-State application was lodged by Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) under Article 33 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Application no. 55855/18, Ukraine v. Russia (VIII). The ECtHR put factual questions to the Russian Government. The Russian Justice Ministry responded, but objected to the Ukrainian application. On the 4 December 2018 the ECtHR, under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, indicated interim measures to the Russian Government concerning medical treatment for the captive Ukrainian naval personnel.

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CBD: new EBSAs in the Baltic agreed to

A final step for nine ecologically unique marine areas in the Baltic Sea to be included in a global registry was taken during the UN Biodiversity Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 17 to 29 November 2018. Altogether, the nine so-called Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) cover 23 percent of the Baltic Sea waters. The new EBSAs were identified in Helsinki earlier in February 2018 during the Baltic EBSA workshop convened by the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More information is available here.

The nine new EBSAs in the Baltic Sea. Source: HELCOM

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Call for Papers: International Organizations Workshop

The International Organizations Interest Group (IOIG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) shall host its biennial Work-In-Progress Workshop, 15 March 2019, at Seton Hall School of Law (Newark, USA). Abstracts must relate to the study of international organizations, with one signature topic of particular note for law of the sea submissions being Beyond National Jurisdiction: Human Activities in the Oceans, Polar Regions, Cyberspace and Outer Space. Abstract submissions are welcome until 1 December 2018.

For further information see here.

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