ITLOS: The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures Order

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has delivered its Order of 6 July 2019 in respect of Case No. 27, The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional MeasuresThe Tribunal concluded that prima facie the UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunal would have jurisdiction over the submitted dispute. The Tribunal prescribed various provisional measures under Article 290(5) of UNCLOS.

For an overview see the press release. Two Declarations, one Joint Declaration, three Separate Opinions and four Dissenting Opinions were appended to the Order of 6 July 2019, available here.

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IGC President’s Draft Text of A BBNJ Agreement

The President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 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 has released an advanced version of the text, entitled, Draft text of an agreement 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, 25 June 2019. This was produced in response to a request during the second session of the IGC. Its aim is “to facilitate further progress in the negotiations”.

For the draft text, see here.

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Conference: Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea

Dalian Law School, The Development Of International Law In Asia-Korea (DILA-Korea) and the Korea Institute Of Ocean Science And Technology (KIOST) shall cohost two back-to-back conferences, entitled, Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea and Transboundary Fisheries Management, 27-29 June 2019, in Dalian, China.

For more information see here.

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Summer School: EULoS 2019

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host the fifth edition of the EULoS Summer School, European Union and the Law of the Sea, 26 August – 6 September 2019, in Genoa, Italy. Applications are welcome until 2 August 2019.

For more information see the EULoS website.

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ICJ: court seised of dispute between Guatemala and Belize

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), was seised of a dispute between Guatemala and Belize by way of a special agreement. In 2008, the two States concluded an agreement to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice, which was subsequently amended by a protocol concluded in 2015. The Parties now request the Court to determine in accordance with applicable rules of international law as specified in Article 38(1) of the Statute of the Court any and all legal claims of Guatemala against Belize to land and insular territories and to any maritime areas pertaining to these territories, to declare the rights therein of both Parties, and to determine the boundaries between their respective territories and areas.

More information on the case and the referenda that led to it can be found in the ICJ press release, at the Belize Referendum Commission website and in a presentation held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala (in Spanish).

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Moot Court: ITLOS – Underwater Historical and Cultural Heritage

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR), with the support of Dom Helder, shall host their first ITLOS moot court competition, Republic of Disali Vs. Kingdom of Brismania, 26-27 November 2019, at Dom Helder (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Registration is open until 10 August 2019.

For more information please see here.

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Workshop: Maritime Security of Offshore Activities and Installations

The Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law shall host a workshop entitled Maritime Security and Offshore Activities and Installations: Legal Aspects. The event is set to happen on 20 June 2019 in Bremen, Germany. The programme is available here; more information can be found at the website of the IE-LOS Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea.

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