Conference: Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit

Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway, Panama, Spain & Sweden shall host the Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit, 26 – 27 January 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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UK/EU: Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The Trade And Cooperation Agreement Between The European Union and The European Atomic Energy Community, of the One Part, and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the Other Part was agreed among UK and EU negotiators on 24 December 2020 and has been provisionally applied as of 1 January 2021 (pending ratification by the EU). The Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides the framework of UK-EU relations in numerous areas of oceans policy, such as international maritime transport (2.1.2), sustainable development, such as trade and sustainable management of marine biological resources and aquaculture, or greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures at the IMO (2.1.11), fisheries (2.5) and offshore renewable energy in the North Sea (2.1.8).

For more information see the UK summary and European Commission summary. See further the UK’s implementing legislation, the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020.

Concerning Gibraltar, the Government of Gibraltar announced on 31 December 2020 that it had reached an in principle agreement with the UK and Spain for a proposed framework for a UK-EU Agreement on Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU.

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Call for Papers: What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?

The Asian Society of International Law shall host its 8th Biennial Conference and PhD Students Workshop, entitled, What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?, 20-29 May 2021, online. The law of the sea is a key topic for discussion, but numerous other proposed topics are directly relevant to the law of the sea and its institutions. Abstracts are welcome until 15 February 2021.

For more information see here.

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Call for Input: Special Rapporteur’s HRC Report 2021 (Migrant Pushback Practices)

The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, has issued a call for input, entitled, Report on pushback practices and their impact on the human rights of migrants. This explicitly includes the pushback of migrants at sea. Submissions from Member States, civil society, academia, National Human Rights Institutions and other stakeholders is welcome until 1 February 2021. Input will be used to inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

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Rhodes Academy 2021 & Submarine Cables Writing Award

The twenty-fifth session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy has been rescheduled to 4-23 July 2021. The deadline to submit an application is 12 April 2021. For more information, fees and application documents please see here.

Furthermore, see the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award sponsored by The International Cable Protection Committee which is welcoming submissions until 1 April 2021.

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Vacancy: lectureship at Queen Mary University of London

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) is looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law. The selected applicant will be required to teach in the areas of shipping law. This includes ability to teach in Law of the Sea and Navigational Freedoms and Practice. Closing date for applications is 6 February 2021. More information is available here.

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Vacancy: Internship at the Institute for Sustainable Development & International Relations

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is currently advertising a 6-month paid internship (35 hrs/week, January-June 2021) to support IDDRI’s Ocean Team research on ocean governance and marine conservation. Depending on the health situation, the intern will work from home and/or at IDDRI’s offices (Paris, France). Applications are welcome until 22 January 2021.

For more information and to apply see here.

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Webinar: Treasures of the Deep – Life and Rocks

Whale Wise, in cooperation with the Changing Oceans Research Group (University of Edinburgh) and the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative shall host a webinar on deep-sea mining, entitled, Treasures of the Deep: Life and Rocks, 12 January 2021 from 17:00 (GMT), online.

For more information see here and here.

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ILO: Amendments of 2018 to The Maritime Labour Convention Enter Into Force

The Amendments of 2018 to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, adopted 5 June 2018, entered into force 26 December 2020 (see further the status of acceptance by parties). The amendments provide that parties shall require that a seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA) shall continue to have effect while a seafarer is held captive on or off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or armed robbery against ships (ARAS), including the continued benefit of wages and other entitlements under the SEA. Piracy is defined in the MLC Amendments of 2018 by reference to the UNCLOS definition of piracy (see Articles 101-103 of UNCLOS). The definition of ARAS in the MLC Amendments of 2018 follows the previous precedents found in IMO documents (IMO Assembly Resolution A.1025(26), Annex, Paragraph 2.2) and regional treaties (Article 1(2) of Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia).

For an example of domestic implementation of the MLC Amendments of 2018 see Singapore’s Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Amendment) Act 2020.

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Greece: Closing Bays and Straight Baselines in the Ionian Sea

On 27 December 2020, in accordance with Articles 5, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 14 of UNCLOS, Presidential Decree No. 107 applies closing lines to the listed bays (Article 2 and Table) and further straight baselines (Article 3 and Table) in the maritime area of the Ionian and the Ionian islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese. According to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an extension of the territorial sea will be forthcoming as the baselines are “a necessary step in the process for extending the country’s territorial waters in the above-mentioned area”.

While limited in application to the Ionian Sea, Article 1(3) of Presidential Decree No. 107 provides that “The Hellenic Republic reserves the right to exercise its respective rights in the other regions of its Territory, as they derive from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of ​​10 December 1982, which reflects customary international law”.

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Call for Papers: Beyond the Global Pandemic – The Critical Role of Submarine Cables

The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) welcomes submissions for its 2021 Virtual Plenary, themed, Beyond the Global Pandemic – The Critical Role of Submarine Cables, to be held online 19-20 May 2021. Abstracts may be submitted online until 12 February 2021.

For more information see the call for papers.

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CLCS: Costa Rica/Ecuador joint submission on continental shelf outer limits

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) reports that on 16 December 2020 the Republic of Costa Rica and the Republic of Ecuador jointly submitted information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in the Panama Basin. According to the submitting States, this is a partial submission. The consideration of the joint submission will be included in the provisional agenda of the fifty-fourth session of the CLCS. Upon completion of the consideration of the submission, the CLCS shall make recommendations. More information is available here.

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The outer limit of the continental shelf of Costa Rica and Ecuador beyond 200 nautical miles in the Panama Basin (yellow line). Source: Executive Summary of the Joint Partial Submission to the CLCS

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Vacancy: Trustee with Human Rights at Sea

United Kingdom charity Human Rights at Sea is recruiting New Members for its Board of Trustees. The role is for experienced and professional Trustees, which shall fill the remaining posts on the Board in preparation for international work in 2021 and beyond. The selected applicant is expected to be an “active ambassador” to the cause of defending human rights at sea. This is a pro bono role. More information is available here.

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E-Course: Climate Change and Law of the Sea

The Singapore Cooperation Programme, under the auspices of the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21), shall host an online course, entitled, Climate Change and Law of the Sea, 11-15 January 2021. Nominations (mid- to senior-level government officials who work on issues related to the Law of the Sea) from eligible countries are welcome until 21 December 2020.

For more information see here.

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Call for papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law

The  Institute of International Legal Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP-IILS) accepts submissions of papers for the Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Research on Naval Warfare or on IHL and Law of the Sea is explicitly accepted. In order to qualify for submission, an article must either be authored by someone from, or based in, the Asia-Pacific region or, alternatively, be about the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline is 10 January 2021. More information is available here.

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UK: Tristan da Cunha MPA announced

The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the waters around its Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha (13 November 2020). This MPA is set to become the largest fully protected marine reserve in the Atlantic Ocean, at 687,000 square kilometres. The research leading to this declaration was supported by the UK’s Blue Belt Programme. More information is available here.

Map of the Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone
The Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone. Source: Tristan da Cunha Government

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Call for Papers: ASCOMARE YLoS

Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare (ASCOMARE)  launched a call for papers for Volume I (“Law of the Sea and Definitions”) of its Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS). Contributions are sought in respect of articles examining the content and legal scope of undefined terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related instruments. The call also appreciates papers assessing the historical and evolutionary meaning of such terms against the backdrop of State practices and international case-law. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 January 2021. More information is available here.

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Conference: Regional Cooperation and Marine Environment Protection under UNCLOS

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host its Fifth International Conference on the Law of the Sea, entitled, Regional Cooperation and Marine Environment Protection under UNCLOS, 3-4 December 2020, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: SEA of Solutions 2020

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) shall convene the SEA of Solutions 2020 Conference, themed, Wasting less plastic and keeping it out of the ocean – Has the needle moved?, 24-26 November 2020, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Dispute Concerning the Detention of Ukrainian Naval Vessels and Servicemen (Ukraine v. Russia)

As previously suggested, on 22 August 2020 Russia did exercise its right to submit preliminary objections in the Dispute Concerning the Detention of Ukrainian Naval Vessels and Servicemen (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation), PCA Case No. 2019-28, contending that the Arbitral Tribunal does not have jurisdiction. Ukraine and Russia disagreed upon whether these preliminary objections are of “an exclusively preliminary character” that may result in bifurcation of the proceedings (Rules of Procedure, Art 11(3)). On 27 October 2020 the Arbitral Tribunal (UNCLOS, Annex VII) issued its Procedural Order No. 2, whereby:

THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL HEREBY ORDERS:

1. The Arbitral Tribunal considers that the Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation appear at this stage to be of a character that justifies having them examined in a preliminary phase, and in accordance with Article 11, paragraph 3, of the Rules of Procedure, decides that the Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation shall be addressed in a preliminary phase of these proceedings.

2. The proceedings on the merits are hereby suspended.

3. In accordance with paragraph 5(t) of Procedural Order No. l, Ukraine shall file any observations on the Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation within three months of the date of this Order. Following receipt of these observations, the Arbitral Tribunal will decide whether any further written submissions are needed and, after consultation with the Parties, the time limits for such submissions.

4. If the Arbitral Tribunal, in delivering its award in the preliminary phase of the proceedings in accordance with Article 11 , paragraph 7, of the Rules of Procedure, declares that a Preliminary Objection does not possess an exclusively preliminary character, then, in accordance with
Article 11, paragraph 3, of the Rules of Procedure, that Objection shall be ruled upon in conjunction with the merits.

Judge Gudmundur Eiriksson appended a Dissenting Opinion to the Order of the Arbitral Tribunal. Eiriksson agreed with the decision of the Tribunal but did not share the reasoning of the Tribunal.

See further the PCA Press Release.

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Vacancies: three research fellowships at the University of Southampton

The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) at the University of Southampton (UK) seeks to recruit up to 3 future-looking visionary researchers with strong interests in the oceans and the desire and ability to undertake multidisciplinary research. Law is one of the possible fields for applicants. This is for a full time fixed term (2 years) position. Deadline for applications is 27 November 2020. More information is available here.

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Webinar: strengthening MCS through a High Seas Treaty

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is hosting a webinar entitled “Strengthening Monitoring control and surveillance through a High Seas Treaty”. The event takes place 17 November 2020. Simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation will be available. Registration is open here.

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UK/Greenland: MoU on Enhancing Fisheries Cooperation

on 9 November 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Greenland on enhancing cooperation on fisheries and related issues was signed in duplicate in London and Nuuk by representatives of the UK and Greenland. The governments of the UK and Greenland will establish a UK-Greenland fisheries dialogue (‘the Fisheries Dialogue’) to “discuss, share information, and cooperate on fisheries and marine issues, and other associated matters”.

The non-exhaustive list of matters for the Fisheries Dialogue includes fisheries, aquaculture, fish processing and the wider supply chain, broader marine conservation, scientific cooperation and mutual support in international fora (e.g. RFMOs) (Paragraph 1). Non-state actors may be involved, most notably in fostering private sector or scientific cooperation (Paragraphs 2, 5). The Fisheries Dialogue shall meet at least annually (Paragraphs 3-4). The MoU will come into effect on 1 January 2021 (Paragraph 7).

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UK/Faroe Islands: Fisheries Framework Agreement

On 29 October 2020 the Framework Agreement on Fisheries Between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Faroes was signed in Copenhagen by representatives of the UK and Faroes Islands. The Framework Fisheries Agreement recognizes zonal attachment as an important principle of international fisheries management (preamble). Modern principles of international fisheries law shall guide cooperation (Article 1), with annual negotiations on the possible exchanges of quotas or access to waters (Articles 2-3). Parties shall cooperate on fishing vessel licensing (Article 4) and further future arrangements on monitoring, control and enforcement are envisaged (Article 5).

The Framework Fisheries Agreement applies to the EEZ (or variations thereof) and, subject to domestic ratification, will enter into force 1 January 2021 (Article 11). The Agreement applies only to metropolitan UK and only to the Faroes Islands (Article 10).

For more information see the Explanatory Memorandum and UK Press Release.

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Norway: HFO ban in Svalbard proposed

The Government of Norway submit a proposal (6 November 2020) to ban ships from using heavy fuel oil (HFO) near Svalbard archipelago. The Ministry of Climate and the Environment aims to legislate a requirement for fuel for motor traffic at sea in the entire territorial waters of Svalbard. The provision is designed as a ban on using or having on board other petroleum-based fuel than natural gas and marine gas oil. A more detailed definition of natural gas and marine gas oil is proposed to be included in regulations on motor traffic on Svalbard. The proposal includes a transition period of two years for general cargo traffic to Longyearbyen and Barentsburg. The need for transitional arrangements will be reassessed after the ongoing consultation stage (see here, deadline 6 February 2021). More information is available here (in Norwegian).

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Conference: Law of the Sea and Transdisciplinarity

The Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar (CEDMAR) of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) is hosting the 5th Brazilian Congress on the Law of the Sea. The overarching theme of this event is “transdisciplinarity” and it will take place online on 26 – 28 November 2020 (in Portuguese). Registration is open here.

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Webinar: international clean shipping policies

The CSHIPP – Clean Shipping Project Platform is hosting a webinar on international clean shipping policies. The webinar focuses on the impacts of the selected policies, the assessment of the technology-based options available for the shipping sector to comply with their targets, as well as the options of the international community to enforce the legislation in a way that ensures compliance, and the benefits of these environmental measures for air quality, water quality, and climate, including human health and well-being. The agenda of this event is available here. This event takes place on 27 of November 2020. Registration is open here.

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Webinar: Second Virtual International Conference on the South China Sea

The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea shall host the Second Virtual International Conference on the South China Sea, entitled, South China [West Philippine] Sea: Its Impact on the Southeast Asia and the World, 14 November 2020, from 15:00 (GMT+8) online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction – where are we now?

Matrix Chambers and Fietta LLP are hosting an interdisciplinary panel discussion about marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction and recent developments. The panel will examine some of the key themes up for debate in the ongoing fourth session of the Intergovernmental Conference dedicated to the negotiation of a legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. This event takes place on 18 November 2020, and registration form is open here.

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USA: Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act introduced

The House Natural Resources Committee of the United States House of Representatives has introduced on 20 October 2020 the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act (OBSCA). Bill text of the OBSCA can be viewed here, a section-by-section summary is here, and a fact sheet on the bill can be viewed here. Among other measures, the OBSCA establishes monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements of greenhouse gas emissions applicable “to all vessels of 5,000 gross tons or more calling at, leaving, or transiting between, or at berth at, ports in the United States, regardless of flag” (sections 1401-1402). More information on OBSCA is available here and here.

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Vacancy: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Closing date 13 December 2020 to apply for a doctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). NCLOS seeks candidates for one PhD position on either of these themes: law of the sea and space, ocean commons, sovereignty at sea and governance models. The primary objective of NCLOS is to assess how and to what extent the law of the sea and ocean governance foster or can foster resilient and sustainable oceans in light of the challenges to the oceans and the legal framework. The objective is to be addressed through analysing several hypotheses, including the contentions that the logic of sovereignty and common interests and the governance of oceans commons both need reassessment. This fellowship appointment is for a period of four years. More information is available here.

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Call for papers: Special Issue of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

The World Maritime University (WMU)’s Journal of Maritime Affairs is launching a call for papers (CFP) entitled Beyond COVID-19: The Future of Maritime Transport. This special issue will focus on insights on maritime safety and security issues, the socio-economic and political impact of the crisis across the maritime sector, and in general the future of maritime transport beyond COVID-19. It will try to uncover measures and practices adopted as a reaction to the pandemic with a view to examining their success, extract lessons for future scenarios, identify gaps in COVID-19 response, and enhance the resilience of the maritime sector. The CFP adds that a variety of issues and topics can be examined in this special issue from the perspectives of how to restore, enhance and adjust the existing maritime legal framework to the situation created by the pandemic, how political approaches to global trade and business models are evolving in view of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and how UN SDGs can be advanced in this uncertain scenario. The CFP can be found here; the deadline for full paper submission is 30 November 2020.

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Bangladesh: amended submission on the outer limits of continental shelf lodged

Bangladesh has lodged an amended submission on the limits of its outer continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal to the United Nations (22 October 2020). The original submission to the CLCS was made on 25 February 2011. Subsequently, the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh with Myanmar and India were delimited in 2012 and 2014, through international adjudication process. The amended submission has been made to reflect the successful outcomes of those international processes. The press release from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations is available  here. The submission, as received by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, is available here.

Depiction of the Fixed Point defining the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Source: People’s Republic of Bangladesh Amended Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf Executive Summary

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Webinar: Islamic Law of The Sea – Reply to Hugo Grotius

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Berlin shall host a webinar, entitled, Islamic Law of The Sea : Reply to Hugo Grotius, 5 November 2020 from 09:00 (CET).

For more information see here.

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UK/Norway: Framework Fisheries Agreement

On 30 September 2020 the Framework Agreement on Fisheries between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of Norway was signed in London by representatives of the UK and Norway. On 19 October 2020 the Framework Fisheries Agreement was laid before the UK Parliament and published. The Framework Fisheries Agreement provides for annual negotiations on the exchanges of quota and access to waters (Arts. 3-4), as well as collaboration on control and enforcement measures (Art. 6), the licensing of vessels (Art. 5) and scientific research (Art. 1(h)). The Framework Fisheries Agreement recognizes the importance of zonal attachment as a principle of international fisheries management (preamble).

The Framework Fisheries Agreement applies to the EEZ (Art. 2) (or variations thereof) and, subject to domestic ratification, will enter into force 1 January 2021 (Art. 11). The Agreement applies to metropolitan UK only. According to the UK Government, it represents the first fisheries agreement for the UK ‘as an independent coastal state in 40 years’. Separate trilateral discussions will still be needed to establish trilateral governance arrangements for North Sea stocks (UK, Norway and the EU).

For more information see the Framework Fisheries Agreement, UK Explanatory memorandum and press releases (UK; Norway).

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Vacancies: two scholarships at the University of Wollongong

Closing date for applications is 21 February 2021 for two Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Wollongong (Australia).

The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Studies Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies, a program of study that will encourage the generation of solutions to problems relating to maritime law and policy. 

The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Master of Maritime Policy to analyse the legal, political and operational factors that contribute to the development of the law of the sea and maritime policy, with the aim of devising solutions to gaps in legal and policy frameworks.

More information is available here.

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Online Conference: 2020 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum

SAFETY4SEA shall host an online event, entitled, 2020 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum, 20-21 October 2020. Registration is free but closes 19 October 2020, 12:00 (GMT).

For more information see here.

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Online Conference: International Law in Challenging Times

The American Branch of The International Law Association shall host the International Law Weekend 2020, themed, International Law in Challenging Times,  22-24 October 2020, online. Law of the sea sessions include Climate Change and the Law of the Sea; Submarine Cables and Pipelines under International Law: The Ongoing Work of the ABILA Committee on Law of the Sea and Arbitration of Human Rights at Sea: Giving International Law Teeth by Empowering Victims to Enforce it.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: The Role of ISA and State Practices in Regulating Seabed Mining

The Archipelagic and Island States Forum shall host a webinar, entitled, The Role of ISA and State Practices in Regulating Seabed Mining, 15 October 2020 from 14:30 (SGT).

For more information see here

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Guest Lecture: Rising Sea Level for the Law of the Sea Perspective

The CIL eAcademy 2020 shall host an open guess lecture, entitled, Rising Sea Level for the Law of the Sea Perspective, 14 October 2020 from 16:00 (SGT) online.

For more information see here.

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UK: West of Scotland Marine Protected Area

On 9 October 2020 the West of Scotland Marine Protected Area Order 2020, a Scottish Ministerial Order, entered into force, creating the largest MPA located in national waters within the North-East Atlantic. Features of the former Rosemary Bank Seamount MPA are now protected within the West of Scotland MPA.

Marine Protected Areas: September 2020. Source.

For more information see here.

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Online Conference: Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will host a virtual meeting, entitled, Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, 29 October 2020 from 12:00 (ICT).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: SCELG Seminar Series 2020-21

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) shall host its Seminar Series 2020-21, including, among others, Environmental Rights in Marine Spaces (13 November 2020) and Environmental Impact Assessment in the BBNJ negotiations (15 January 2021).

For more information on all the seminars see here.

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Webinar: Fishing on the High Seas and Marine Protected Areas

The World Commission on Environmental Law shall host a webinar, entitled, Fishing on the High Seas and Marine Protected Areas, on 13 October 2020 from 10:00 (EST).

For more information see here, register here.

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Webinar: India and the 1982 UNCLOS

The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) shall host a webinar, entitled, India and the 1982 UNCLOS, on 8 October 2020 from 15:30 (IST).

For more information see here.

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MOOC: Marine Litter

UN Environment Programme and Open Universiteit shall host a Massive Open Online Course, entitled, Marine Litter, beginning 26 October 2020. The Leadership Track includes 10 available languages, while the additional Expert Track includes 3 available languages.

For more information and registration see here and here.

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Webinars: The Ghandhi Research Seminar Series

Global Law at Reading (University of Reading) shall host its Ghandhi Research Seminar Series, October 2020 – April 2021. Sessions that may be of interest to law of the sea scholars include, Worldmaking on the Sea (21 October 2020) and Colonial Futures: Resource Extraction and International Jurisdiction in the Seabed and Space (21 April 2021).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: DPRK Ghost Ships & PRC Dark Fleets

The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) shall host its first Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour, entitled, DPRK Ghost Ships & PRC Dark Fleets, 13 October 2020, from 09:00 (JST).

For more information and (optional) registration see here.

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ITLOS: Amendment to the Rules of the Tribunal

Pursuant to the Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Article 16, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has amended the Rules of the Tribunal (2018 Edition), on the 25 September 2020, namely the addition of Articles 41(7), 74(2), 112(5), 124(3) and 135(1bis) (entered into force, 25 September 2020). In doing so, the Tribunal vests itself with the competence to decide, as an exceptional measure, for public health, security or other compelling reasons, to hold hearings and meetings entirely or in part by video link.

For more information and the text of the new paragraphs see ITLOS Press Release 306.

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Webinar: European Proposals to Regulate Shipping Industry Emissions

UCL Laws shall host a webinar entitled, Smoke on the Water: European Proposals to Regulate Shipping Industry Emissions, 1 October 2020 from 15:30 (BST).

For more information and registration see here.

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