Singapore/Malaysia: Sub-Committee to Commence Negotiations on Maritime Boundary Delimitation of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge

The eighth meeting of the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Technical Committee (MSJTC) on the Implementation of the International Court of Justice Judgment on Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge was held 21 January 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The outcomes of the meeting include:

“The Meeting further agreed for the Sub-Committee on Maritime Boundary Delimitation of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge to commence negotiations.”

For further information see the Joint Press Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Singapore and Malaysia respectively.

The MSJTC is a cooperative process established to implement the 2008 ICJ Judgment (Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore)). See further the discontinued 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).

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Call for abstracts: Sustainable Ocean Project

The Sustainable Ocean Project is holding its final conference on 3-4 September 2020 in Utrecht (the Netherlands). This project has been dealing with the following overarching research question since 2015: how can the law contribute to the sustainable use of the oceans and strike a balance between competing interests at sea? 

The conference will be structured around four interrelated themes:

  1. Due diligence as obligation and/or balancing standard;
  2. Balancing principles in international law interpretation;
  3. The role of regionalism in the accommodation of multiple interests;
  4. The role of state consent and the participation of other actors in international law-making and law implementation.

Abstracts are accepted until 30 March 2020. More information is available here.

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Call for Papers: Solidarity in the Context of Natural Resources Management

The ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law shall host an event at the 2020 ESIL Research Forum, entitled, Solidarity in the Context of Natural Resources Management, 23 April 2020 at the University of Catania (Catania, Italy). Track I may be of interest to law of the sea scholars. Abstracts are welcome until 14 February 2020.

For more information see the call for papers.

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Conference: Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction – Where are we and where to next?

For further information and registration (fees apply) see here.

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Call for Papers: Beyond National Jurisdiction

The American Society of International Law, the Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law, the Canadian Council on International Law, and the Japanese Society of International Law shall host the Eighth International Four Societies Conference, entitled, Beyond National Jurisdiction, 16-17 June 2020, at UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley, USA). Applications are welcome until 31 January 2020.

For more information (including membership requirements) see the call for abstracts.

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UK/USA: agreement concerning the Shipwrecked Vessel RMS Titanic enters into force

The agreement concerning the Shipwrecked Vessel RMS Titanic signed by the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) has entered into force. This treaty was signed in 2003 by the United Kingdom, but was only accepted by the United States of America on 18 November 2019. Among other obligations, the treaty posits that

Each Party shall take the necessary measures, in respect of its nationals and vessels flying its flag, to regulate through a system of project authorizations:

(a) entry into the hull sections of RMS Titanic so that they, other artifacts and any human remains are not disturbed; and
(b) activities aimed at the artifacts from RMS Titanic found outside the hull of the wreck so that all such activities are, to the maximum extent practicable, conducted in accordance with the Rules.

This treaty strengthens the basic level of protection for the wreck afforded by UNESCO since 2012. Lying in international waters, the wreck was previously not protected by explicit legislation. The text of the treaty can be found here. More information is available here.

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Conference: The 25th UNCLOS Anniversary Seminar

The Universitas Indonesia Faculty of Law shall host a conference, entitled, The 25th UNCLOS Anniversary Seminar, 5-6 February 2020, at Aryaduta Hotel (Jakarta, Indonesia).

For more information and RSVP see here.

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