Human Rights at Sea shall host its 2nd International Maritime Human Rights Conference, entitled, Maritime Business and Human Rights, 29 October 2018, at Fishmongers’ Hall (London, UK).
PCA: Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (bifurcation of proceedings)
On 20 August 2018, in respect of the Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation), the Arbitral Tribunal unanimously adopted Procedural Order No. 3 deciding that “the Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation shall be addressed in a preliminary phase of these proceedings”. Procedural Order No. 4, adopted 27 August 2018, established a timetable for the Parties’ further written pleadings on jurisdiction.
For further information see Procedural Order No. 3, Procedural Order No. 4 and the Statement of the MFA of Ukraine. The US State Department and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine have also recently commented on the situation vis-a-vis the Kerch Strait.
The Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), in collaboration with the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, shall host an international workshop, entitled, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Shipping, 13-14 November 2018, at a downtown hotel TBC (Singapore).
For further information see here.
The World Maritime University (WMU) shall host its 3rd International Women’s Conference, entitled, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, 4-5 April 2018 at WMU (Malmö, Sweden). Topics focused on Sustainable Development Goal 5 and gender equality in maritime and related ocean fields are of particular relevance, but submissions are also welcome with a focus on additional SDGs. Abstract submissions are due by 30 November 2018.
For more information see here.
Following public consultations, the Government of New Caledonia adopted on 14 August 2018 three decrees relating to the Coral Sea Nature Park.
The first introduces reserves in the Coral Sea Nature Park at Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Pétrie and Astrolabe. 7,000km2 is designated réserve intégrale, whereby no access or human activity is allowed, except in the context of approved scientific research. 21,000km2 is designated réserves naturelles, whereby access is subject to governmental authorization and fishing, hunting, camping, picnics or water sports are prohibited. The second decree regulates professional tourism in the area, with a further decree reportedly being prepared for private pleasure craft, yachts, charter vessels and those who transit the maritime area. Finally, the third decree concerns adoption of a Park Management Plan.
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance shall host a conference, entitled, A Vision for Ocean Law and Governance for 2020-2030 and Beyond, 5 December 2018, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK).
For more information (programme forthcoming, September 2018) and registration see here.
Hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the EAS Congress 2018, themed, 25 Years of Partnerships for Healthy Oceans, People and Economies: Moving as One with the Global Ocean Agenda, will occur 27-30 November 2018 at the Iloilo Convention Center (Iloilo City, The Philippines). Online registration is open until 30 October 2018 (fees apply).