The World Maritime University will host its WMU Global Ocean Conference 2018, entitled, Building Transformative Partnerships for Ocean Sustainability, from 8-9 May 2018, at the World Maritime University (Malmö, Sweden). This will coincide with the inauguration of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute.
Conference: Migrants at sea – practical and legal aspects of the refugee situation in the Mediterranean
The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) shall host the 12th Maritime Talks, entitled, Migrants at Sea – Practical and Legal Aspects of the Refugee Situation in the Mediterranean, on the 17 March 2018, at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) (Hamburg, Germany).
The Gujarat National Law University in India will hold the 7th GNLU International Maritime Academy, 2018, from March 17 to 24, 2018. The theme of this edition is ‘Indian Ocean Region – Ports Security, Preventing, Reducing and Controlling – IUU Fishing and Marine Environment Pollution’. This academy is designed to explore and assess the trajectory of law and policy affecting maritime commerce, maritime security, and marine environmental protection and resource conservation. The last date of registration is 15th February, 2018. The brochure and registration form are available here.
The 12th session of the IFLOS Summer Academy at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will be held from 22 July to 17 August 2018. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree (LL.M. or equivalent) and have advanced knowledge of public international law, the law of the sea or maritime law. The deadline for the reception of applications is 30 April 2018 (postal). For more information, see here.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H.R.) has issued an Advisory Opinion (OC-23/17) in the case “The Environment and Human Rights” on state obligations in relation to the environment, in the context of the protection and guarantee of the rights to life and to personal integrity. This Avisory Opinion was requested by Colombia with respect to the environmental risks caused by the construction, maintenance and expansion of canals for maritime navigation in the Caribbean region. The I/A Court H.R. declared that “the degradation of the environment may cause irreparable damages to human beings, a reason why a sound environment is a fundamental right for the existence of humankind”. The award (in Spanish) may be found here and a summary (also in Spanish) is available here.
Representatives of governments and the social partners gathered at the International Labour Organization in Geneva on 22-26 January 2018 have adopted a revised code of practice on safety and health in shipbuilding and ship repair. The new code reflects the many changes in the industry, including the use of robotic systems, over the last 43 years since an earlier code was adopted. It focuses on the need for a preventive approach based on occupational safety and health management systems, management of change and safe work plans among others. The draft code may be found here. An overview of the document provided by the NGO IndustriALL Global Union may be found here.