Online Conference: 13th Polar Law Symposium Special Online Session

The Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre shall logistically support the first virtual polar law symposium, the 13th Polar Law Symposium Special Online Session, to be held 9-30 November 2020 online. The symposium will consist of (1) on-demand browsing of PPT files and video presentations with textual feedback from the participants, and (2) a few live, interactive ZOOM seminars and lectures. Registration is now open.

For more information and registration see here. See the provisional program here.

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USA: Revision of Marine Scientific Research Policy

On 9 September 2020 the President of the United States of America by Proclamation 10071, entitled, Revision to United States Marine Scientific Research Policy, establishes the revised US policy:

Section 1. Policy. The United States will exercise its right to regulate, authorize, and conduct marine scientific research, with a specific requirement to authorize, in advance, all instances of foreign marine scientific research, in the United States EEZ and on its continental shelf to the extent permitted under international law.

Former President of the United States of America, Ronald Regan, in the Presidential Statement of 10 March 1983, entitled, Statement on United States Oceans Policy, had established the previous US MSR policy:

While international law provides for a right of jurisdiction over marine scientific research within such a zone, the proclamation does not assert this right. I have elected not to do so because of the United States interest in encouraging marine scientific research and avoiding any unneccessary burdens.

Thus, according to the US State Department Press Release, the United States previously required advance consent for MSR conducted in its EEZ and on the U.S. continental shelf only when such research implicated certain U.S. domestic legal requirements.

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Webinars: Sustainable Shipping for A Sustainable Planet

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London and the One Ocean Hub shall host a webinar series for the IMO’s Maritime Week, entitled, Sustainable Shipping for A Sustainable Planet. Seminars include:

Mainstreaming Sustainability Principles in Shipping: Insights from Multi-Stakeholders, 21 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

Ocean and Climate Change, 22 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

Marine Pollution, 23 September 2020 from 10:30 (BST).

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Online Conference: Local Ripples, Global Waves

The Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, with support from the Sobey Fund for Oceans, shall host their ninth annual Sustainable Oceans Conference, entitled, Local Ripples, Global Waves: Bringing together local action to influence global change, 26-27 September 2020, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Wildlife Trafficking in International Maritime Supply Chains

The IMO shall host a webinar, entitled, Accelerating action against wildlife trafficking in international maritime supply chains, 21 September 2020 from 12:00 (GMT +1).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Future of Shipping – Decarbonisation

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) shall host a webinar, entitled, Future of Shipping – Decarbonisation, 17 September 2020 from 17.00 (SGT).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Untangling the Impact of Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters

The Stimson Center shall host a webinar, entitled, Untangling the Impact of Illegal Fishing in North Korean Waters, 22 September 2020 from 09:00 (EST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: Ocean Decade Series

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO shall host a series of webinars, entitled, The Ocean Decade Virtual Series, from 24 September 2020 until 31 January 2021. Each session will be conveyed jointly with different partners.

For more information see here. Registration for the first session, Co-designing the Science we need for the Ocean Decade, 24 September 2020, can be found here.

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Launch of BBNJ Virtual Intersessional Work

Following postponement of the fourth session of IGC on a BBNJ Agreement, the President of the IGC has decided to launch the BBNJ Intersessional Work, entitled, Virtual intersessional work of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, from 14 September 2020. The objective is to continue the dialogue on the key pillars of any future BBNJ Agreement, as well as any cross cutting issues.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Africa’s Maritime Domain Awareness and Security

The Secure Waters Africa Digital Conference, entitled, Effective Solutions to Strengthen Africa’s Maritime Domain Awareness and Security, will occur 9-10 September 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Blue Crimes – rethinking the maritime security agenda

SafeSeas will host a webinar, entitled, Blue Crimes: Rethinking the maritime security agenda, on 10 September 2020 from 14.00 (BST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Consultation: ISA draft standards and guidelines for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) welcomes comments from stakeholders on the first set of draft standards and guidelines to support the implementation of the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the international seabed area until 20 October 2020. This includes:

Draft guideline on the preparation and assessment of an application for the approval of a Plan of Work for exploitation

Draft standard and guidelines on the development and application of environmental management systems

Draft standard and guidelines on the form and calculation of an environmental performance guarantee

For more information see here and here.

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Consultation: EU mission for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

The European Commission is currently developing its research and innovation missions that will form part of the Horizon Europe framework programme beginning in 2021. Under the mission area, healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters, citizens may submit proposals until 14 September 2020.

For more information see here, here and here.

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Vacancy: Associate Professor of Maritime Security and Governance at U.S. Naval War College

The U.S. Naval War College (Newport, USA) is currently inviting applicants for the position of Associate Professor of Maritime Security and Governance. Applications are welcome until 5 October 2020, but note this position is only open to U.S. citizens.

For more information see here and here.

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Online Workshop: Marine Scientific Research in the Area

The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will host an online workshop, entitled, Marine Scientific Research in the Area: Establishing collaborative platform to enhance biodiversity knowledge for environmental management in mid-ocean ridge ecosystem, 15-17 December 2020. Participants must register by 15 September 2020.

For more information see here.

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USA: Visa Restrictions and Entity Listings Relating to Chinese Activities in South China Sea

On 26 August 2020, the US State Department announced visa restrictions on “individuals responsible for, or complicit in, either the large-scale reclamation, construction, or militarization of disputed outposts in the South China Sea, or the PRC’s use of coercion against Southeast Asian claimants to inhibit their access to offshore resource”. This includes inadmissibility to the USA for listed persons and visa restrictions for immediate family members. The persons listed remain confidential, but are inadmissible on the basis of US foreign policy concerns (senior State Department official; 8 USC 1182(a)(3)(c)).

On 26 August 2020, the US Department of Commerce announced that 24 Chinese companies were added to the Entity List (15 CFR 744.16) of the Export Administration Regulations on the basis “these entities enabled China to reclaim and militarize disputed outposts in the South China Sea” (85(167) Federal Register 52898). The US government determined it had “reasonable cause to believe, based on specific and articulable facts, that the entity has been involved, is involved, or poses a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” (15 CFR 744.11). A license is required, to the extent specified on the Entity List, to export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) any item subject to the Export Administration Regulations.

On the 27 August 2020, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson called the measures “unjustified”.

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Webinar: IUU Fishing as a Major Security Threat in Southeast Asia

Pacific Forum, in partnership with the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS), will host its next session of the Maritime Discussion Series, entitled, IUU Fishing as a Major Security Threat in Southeast Asia, 3 September 2020 from 09:00 (SGT).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Safeguarding the Freedom of Navigation in the Indo-Pacific

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) shall host a webinar, entitled, Safeguarding the Freedom of Navigation in the Indo-Pacific: What Role for European Navies?, 17 September 2020 from 16:00.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Law and governance approaches within the ocean-climate nexus

The UNFCCC Secretariat (UN Climate Change), in co-operation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL),  is hosting a Climate Legislation Webinar Series. The second webinar, entitled, Law and governance approaches within the ocean-climate nexus, will be held 17 September 2020 from 13:00 (GMT).

For more information and registration see here and here.

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Webinar: The contribution of the shipping sector to emission reductions

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) shall host its 13th Maritime Talks, entitled, Cleaner Air and better climate? – The contribution of the shipping sector to emission reductions, 26 September  2020, from 10.00 (CEST).

For more information and registration, see here and here.

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ITLOS: Election of Seven Members of the Tribunal

The Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS) have elected seven Members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), following three rounds of voting held 24-26 August 2020 (UNCLOS, Annex VI, Article 4; Round 1; Round 2; Round 3).

The States Parties re-elected David Joseph Attard and Markiyan Z. Kulyk and elected Kathy-Ann Brown (Jamaica), Ida Caracciolo (Italy), Jielong Duan (China), María Teresa Infante Caffi (Chile), and Maurice Kamga (Cameroon) (see curricula vitae of candidates nominated by States Parties). The nine year term of each Member will commence 1 October 2020 (Rules of the Tribunal, Article 2).

The term of office for five Members of the Tribunal shall expire 30 September 2020, namely, Tafsir Malick Ndiaye (Senegal), Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Anthony Lucky (Trinidad and Tobago), Zhiguo Gao (China) and Elsa Kelly (Argentina).

For more information see the ITLOS Press Release and the Registrar’s Overview of the Election Procedure.

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Webinar: The Maritime Silk Road – International and EU Law Reflections

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host a roundtable (as part of its EULoS Summer School), entitled, The Maritime Silk Road: International and EU Law Reflections, 28 August 2020, from 09:15 (CET).

For more information and registration see here.

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Digital Lecture Series: Theorizing Law of the Sea in Context

The Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) shall host a digital lecture series, entitled, Theorizing Law of the Sea in Context, the next seminar being 27 August 2020 from 15:00 (GMT +2).

For more information see here and here.

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Webinars: Blue Justice Forum 2020

The Blue Justice Initiative, in cooperation with UNDP’s Blue Resilience project, shall host a series of webinars, entitled, Blue Justice Forum 2020, 27 August – 5 November 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: The Secrets of the Ocean

Ocean Sustainability Bergen, University of Bergen, shall host a conference, entitled, The Secrets of the Ocean – how can we utilize the biodiversity of the ocean for future food, medicine, genetic resources and more in a post-Covid era?, 11 November 2020 at the University of Bergen.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Calming Troubled Waters in the South China Sea

The Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia shall host a virtual discussion, entitled, Calming Troubled Waters in the South China Sea, on the 19 August 2020 from 14:00 (WIB).

For more information and registration, see here.

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Webinar: The Shadow Blue Economy – Tackling Organised Crime in Fisheries

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy shall host a webinar, entitled, The Shadow Blue Economy: Tackling Organised Crime in Fisheries, 18 August 2020 from 08:30 (EDT). The event will launch their publication, ‘Organised Crime in the Fisheries Sector’.

For more information see here.

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Consultation: EU Arctic Policy

The European Commission and the European External Action Service are undertaking a consultation to assess the relevance and completeness of the current focus areas of the EU’s An integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Stakeholder contributions are welcome until 10 November 2020.

For more information see here, and participate here.

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Vacancy: Legal Expert with UNDP (Mauritius)

Deadline to submit applications is 31 July 2020 with the United Nations Development Programme for the Appointment of a Legal Expert (Law of the Sea) to Support the Joint Management Area (JMA) Demonstration Project Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Phase II Process.

The JMA Demonstration project is assisting Mauritius and Seychelles in the development and demonstration of new management approaches for extended continental shelf areas, which can provide lessons and management techniques that could be replicated both within the western Indian Ocean and other similar maritime zones globally. The JMA covers an area of 396,000 sq. km extending seaward to the east beyond the existing EEZs of both coastal States and is the largest joint maritime zone in the world. More information is available here (Reference Number 67599).

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Consultation: EU International Ocean Governance Agenda

The European Commission and the European External Action Service are currently undertaking a targeted consultation to assess the development needs and options of the EU’s International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans. Stakeholder contributions are welcome until 15 October 2020.

For more information see here, and participate here.

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Virtual Event: CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers

The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) shall host its sixth annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR), on the 27 August 2020 from 18:00 (EST). Nominations for speakers are accepted until 23 July 2020.

For more information see here.

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Virtual Event: Law-making in the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) shall host a virtual event, entitled, Law-making in the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, on the 13 August 2020, from 09:00 (CEST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Vacancy: Climate & Ocean Research Fellow at University of California, Berkeley

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at University of California, Berkeley School of Law accepts applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Specialist on Climate & Ocean Research. The Climate & Ocean Law & Policy Fellow will work on domestic and international law and policy issues, roughly splitting their time between projects within the Climate Program and projects within the Ocean Program. Specific research areas will likely include: (1) on the climate side, work on California climate programs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and zero-emission transportation; (2) on the ocean side, domestic offshore renewable energy development, international ocean law issues including deep sea mining and marine scientific research; and (3) other potential energy and environmental issues.

Final date for applications is 27 July 2020, but next review date is 20 July 2020 to ensure full consideration by the committee. More information here.

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Webinars: Tenth Annual South China Sea Conference

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shall host a monthly webinar series, entitled, Tenth Annual South China Sea Conference, the Keynote and Session One being held 14 July 2020.

For more information see here, and registration for Keynote and Session One here.

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Webinar: Supporting IMO’s GHG Reduction Strategy

The Global MTCC Network (GMN) shall host a webinar, entitled, Supporting IMO’s GHG Reduction Strategy in the developing world, including an Asia and Pacific Session (15 Jul 2020, from 08:00 BST) and an Africa and Caribbean Session (16 Jul 2020, from 16:00 BST).

For more information and registration see here and here.

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Webinar: State of Maritime Piracy 2019

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Programme and Stable Seas shall host a webinar, entitled, State of Maritime Piracy 2019, 14 July 2020 from 15:00 (BST).

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: Virtual Dialogues on the Path to COFI 34

In light of the thirty-fourth session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) being postponed, the FAO will host a series of webinars, entitled, Virtual Dialogues on the Path to COFI 34, 14-16 July 2020. Various sessions will examine fisheries and aquaculture governance and development.

For more information and registration see here.

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USA: Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument fisheries restored

The President of the United States of America issued Proclamation on Modifying The Northeast Canyons And Seamounts Marine National Monument (5 June 2020). This proclamation restores commercial fishing that is carried out in accordance with Magnuson-Stevens and other applicable laws, regulations, and requirements. It reverses restrictions on commercial fishing set forth in Proclamation 9496, which prohibited commercial fishing, with a phase-out period for American lobster and red crab fisheries, within the monument’s boundaries.

In Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association v. Ross, the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (349 F.Supp.3d 48 (2018)), dismissed a complaint from several commercial-fishing associations that challenged the creation of the Monument (5 October 2018). The United States District Court, District of Columbia (9945 F.3d 535 (2019)) upheld that ruling (27 December 2019).

The new Proclamation may be found here.

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Map of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Source: NOAA.gov

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PCA: The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award

On the 2 July 2020 the Arbitral Tribunal (UNCLOS, Annex VII) in respect of the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India), PCA Case No. 2015-28, issued its Award. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure (art. 23(5)), as amended by Procedural Order No. 7, the full (redacted) Award will be published following the Parties’ confidentiality review. An Award – Extracts for Advance Publication is available, containing the operative part of the Award (para. 1094). As an edited summary:

A. In relation to jurisdiction and admissibility
1. Finds (4-1 votes) there is a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of UNCLOS;
2. Finds (4-1 votes) the Arbitral Tribunal has jurisdiction over the dispute, subject to its decision on India’s Submission (1.a);
3. Finds (unanimously) India’s counter-claims are admissible;
4. Finds (3-2 votes) in respect of Italy’s Submission (2)(f), that UNCLOS arts. 2(3), 56(2) and 58(2) are not applicable;
5. Finds (3-2 votes) it has jurisdiction concerning the Marines’ immunity;
6. Finds (unanimously), concerning India’s submission (1.a), it’s unnecessary to determine the compatibility of India’s 1976 Maritime Zone Act and its 1981 Notification with UNCLOS.

B. In relation to the merits of the dispute between the Parties
1. Finds (unanimously), concerning Italy’s Submission (2)(b)-(e) and (g):

a. India did not breach UNCLOS art. 87(1)(a);
b. India did not violate UNCLOS art. 92(1);
c. UNCLOS arts. 97(1) and 97(3) are not applicable;
d. India did not violated UNCLOS art. 100 and art. 300 cannot be invoked;

2. Decides (3-2 votes), concerning Italy’s Submission (2)(f), the Marines are entitled to immunity and India is precluded from exercising jurisdiction thereof;
3. Decides (3-2 votes) concerning Italy’s Submission (3)(a) and (c), India must cease exercising criminal jurisdiction over the Marines and no other remedies are required;
4. Finds, concerning India’s Submissions (4), (5), and (7):

a. (3-2 votes) Italy did not violate UNCLOS art. 56;
b. (3-2 votes) Italy did not violated UNCLOS art. 58(3);
c. (unanimously) Italy did not infringed UNCLOS art. 88;

5. Finds (unanimously) concerning India’s Submission (6), Italy’s interference with the navigation of the “St. Antony” breached UNCLOS arts. 87(1)(a) and 90;
6. Decides (unanimously) concerning India’s Submission (8):

a. A finding that Italy breached UNCLOS arts. 87(1)(a) and 90 constitutes adequate satisfaction for India’s non-material interests;
b. India is entitled to compensation in connection with the loss of life, physical harm, material damage to property and moral harm suffered, which cannot be made good through restitution;
c. Parties are invited to consult on the quantification of compensation;
d. The Arbitral Tribunal retains jurisdiction should either Party or both Parties wish to apply for a ruling on the quantification of compensation, subject to the closure of proceedings should no application be received within one year.

C. In relation to the costs of these proceedings
Decides each Party shall bear its own costs.

For further information see the full unedited Award – Extracts for Advance Publication and previous reports.

Update (03/07/2020): For further information see India’s MEA Press Release and Italy’s MFAIC Press Release.

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Webinar: Eliminating Harmful Fisheries Subsidies

The Friends of Ocean Action shall host a webinar, entitled, Eliminating Harmful Fisheries Subsidies, 30 June 2020 from 16:00 CEST. This follows the chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules sharing a draft consolidated text on 25 June 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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ICJ: Amendments to the Rules of Court

On 25 June 2020 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) amended the Rules of Court, adding a new Article 59(2) and amending Article 94(2):

Article 59

1. The hearing in Court shall be public, unless the Court shall decide otherwise, or unless the parties demand that the public be not admitted. Such a decision or demand may concern either the whole or part of the hearing, and may be made at any time.

2. The Court may decide, for health, security or other compelling reasons, to hold a hearing entirely or in part by video link. The parties shall be consulted on the organization of such a hearing.

Article 94

1. When the Court has completed its deliberations and adopted its judgment, the parties shall be notified of the date on which it will be read.

2. The judgment shall be read at a public sitting of the Court. The Court may decide, for health, security or other compelling reasons, that the judgment shall be read at a sitting of the Court accessible to the parties and the public by video link. The judgment shall become binding on the parties on the day of the reading.

The amendments entered into force 25 June 2020. Thus, the public hearing on the question of the ICJ’s jurisdiction in the case concerning the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela)scheduled for 30 June 2020, will be via videoconference. The representatives of Guyana will address the Court by video link and the public may follow via a live webcast. This dispute extends to a law of the sea dispute, as evident in Guyana’s Application instituting proceedings (paras. 53, 55).

For more information see Press Releases No. 2020/16 and No. 2020/17.

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Vacancy: PhD Studentship at Coventry University

The Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University is seeking a PhD candidate to study the topic, Pandemics as a non-traditional maritime security challenge – exploring the impact of COVID-19 on maritime trade and border management. Applications are welcome until 20 July 2020.

For more information see here.

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Somalia: Statement on Significant Illegal Fishing in Somalia’s EEZ

On 24 June 2020 the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the Federal Republic of Somalia (2) issued a press release, entitled, Iranian flagged fishing vessels identified operating illegally in Somalian EEZ. Somalia calls upon Iran to cooperate in addressing the suspected (at least) 112-193 Iranian fishing vessels operating in the EEZ of Somalia and Yemen between January 2019 to 14 April 2020. The information has been shared with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). Foreign flagged vessels may only fish in the Somalian exclusive economic zone beyond 24 nautical miles, and currently only 31 Chinese-flagged vessels are licenced.

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Vacancy: marine policy officer at WWF

Closing date for applications is 8 July 2020 with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for a marine policy officer vacancy based in Brussels (Belgium). The officer will ensure that there is a coordinated approach across the WWF European network to effectively influence and implement EU marine policies including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSP) Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and International Ocean Governance. Further information is available here.

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Call for Posts: Ocean Governance

The Center for International Maritime Security and Stable Seas are seeking posts for their online symposium, entitled, Ocean Governance. Submissions are welcome until 13 July 2020. This call forms part of the wider Project Trident.

For more information see the call for posts.

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Vacancy: assistant professorship at Wagenigen University

Closing date for applications is 12 July 2020 with Wageningen University & Research for an assistant professorship in Governance of Coastal Resilience. The position requires adapting to existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in the Masters of Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, and Tourism, Society & Environment. Research activities should contribute to social scientific debates around policy and management of coastal environments and how they contribute to resilient coastal communities and industries under conditions of environmental globalisation. Further information is available here.

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Singapore/ITLOS: Model Agreement for the Provision of Facilities to ITLOS

On the 11 June 2020 Singapore and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) signed the Model Agreement: Agreement for the provision of facilities for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea / a Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to sit or otherwise exercise its functions in the Republic of Singapore in [case name]. The Model Agreement establishes the terms and conditions under which the Singapore government shall provide appropriate facilities for the Tribunal, or a Chamber of the Tribunal, to sit or otherwise exercise its functions in Singapore (art. 2).

The Model Agreement enables ITLOS to implement Article 1(3) of UNCLOS Annex VI, whereby the Tribunal may sit and exercise its functions outside of Hamburg (Germany) whenever it considers this desirable. Consultations concerning Singapore as a seat for the Tribunal began in 2007, resulting in the 2015 Joint Declaration Signed between Ministry of Law and President of the Tribunal (2). Negotiations on the terms of the Model Agreement, as per Article 7 of the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, concluded in October 2019.

For more information see the Model Agreement, the Model Annex and the Joint Press Release (ITLOS/Press 239); Joint Press Release (ITLOS/Press 303).

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France: continental shelf extension authorized by the CLCS

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) has published recommendations authorizing France to extend its continental shelf off the islands of La Réunion and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam. According to these recommendations, published on 10 June 2020, France may extend its continental shelf off the islands of La Réunion and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam (French Southern and Antarctic Lands). France will thus expand its submarine domain by 151,323 km2 (58,121 km2 off La Réunion and 93,202 km2 off Saint-Paul and Amsterdam). Further information is available here (in French).

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Webinar: How to Control the Fishermen – ​​​​​​​Out of Sea, Out of Sight?

Rud Pedersen Public Affairs is hosting a virtual event series entitled The Blue Deal Debates. The fifth webinar, entitled,  How to Control the Fishermen – ​​​​​​​Out of Sea, Out of Sight?, will be held on the 9 June 2020 from 13:00 (CET).

For more information and registration see here.

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Essay Competition: Space for Youth

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) welcome essay submissions to their Space for Youth Competition, this year’s topic being, Space as a tool to address climate challenges: examples from local communities. Submissions are welcome until 21 June 2020.

For more information see here.

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