The FAO published its The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018, 9 July 2018. SOFIA reports provide a “comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues” (FAO). Notably, in 2015 fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels decreased to 66.9%, whilst stocks fished at biologically unsustainable levels increased to 33.1%. Among the FAO’s statistical areas, the Mediterranean and Black Sea had the highest percentage of unsustainable stocks, at 62.2%.
Leiden Law School is hosting a conference on The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability. This event is co-organised by four Interest Groups of the European Society of International Law and takes place on 25 and 26 October 2018 in Leiden, the Netherlands. The aim is to explore what competences the EU has to act in the maritime domain, what obligations it is bound by when doing so, and how judicial oversight can be ensured. Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and submitted no later than 30 June 2018. Registration to attend the event is open until 15 September 2018. The call for papers may be found here. More information about the event is available here.
The Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Center for Rule of Ocean Law Studies and Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development) is hosting an international symposium entitled “Recent Development on the Law of the Sea”. The event will be held 1-2 November 2018 in Shanghai, China. The respective call for papers mentions three themes: BBNJ and Area Based Management Tools, Deep Seabed Mining: Theoretical and Practical Issues and The Polar Regions: Law and Governance. Draft Papers are due 15 August 2018. More information about the themes and the deadlines is available here.
The Università Degli Studi Di Genova is hosting the fourth edition of the summer school on European Union and the Law of the Sea (EULoS). The event will take place in Genoa, Italy, on 27 August – 7 September 2018. The lectures are divided in four sections: introductory notions, safety and security in international and EU law, individuals at sea and marine environmental protection. Aside the teaching activities, the summer school features a visit to the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute. This course has been credited by the Department of Law of the University of Genoa with 9 ECTS. Registration is open from 1 May – 3 August 2018. More information is available here.
The Korea Maritime Institute is hosting the fifth edition of the Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea. This event will take place in Yeosu, South Korea, and will last two weeks, from 27 August – 7 September 2018. The academy is part of a broader project that aims to provide support to developing countries in building their capacity for managing climate change and its impact on the marine environment. It is made up of two parts: the first provides an overview of the basic concepts of the law of the sea and principles of ocean governance and the second focuses on their practical implementation. Applications are to be submitted until 25 July 2018. More information is available in this brochure or here.
The government of the United Kingdom has launched (8 June 2018) a consultation seeking views on plans to designate 41 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the UK and views on proposed new features to be added to 12 existing MCZs. The new sites will reach right the way across England’s coastline – from the South West to Berwick on the Scottish border, with two sites in Northern Irish offshore waters. No new activities deemed damaging will be allowed to take place in these areas. Existing harmful activities will be minimised or stopped to allow important habitats to be restored over time. The proposed network will cover approximately 11,700 km2, bringing the total area of protection to over 32,000 square km. The consultation, which terminates on 20 July 2018, is held here. More information is found here.
In letters dated 29 May 2018, the ICJ informed Malaysia and Singapore that the Court had placed on record the discontinuance, by agreement of the Parties, two interrelated cases initiated by Malaysia in 2017. This concerns both, the Application for revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore), and the Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore).
For more information, see the press statements of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of Singapore’s Pedra Branca International Court of Justice Committee.