Events: IUU Fishing Informational Workshop

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University, in the United States of America, is hosting a two-day informational workshop on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The event takes place online on 30 June – 1 July 2021. Global Fishing Watch and International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network will speak about the most pressing issues in IUU fishing, tools that are being used to address these issues, and opportunities for collaboration in the maritime security environment. Registration is open here and further information available here.

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Vacancies: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Closing date is 1 August 2021 to apply for a doctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). NCLOS seeks candidates for one PhD position with projects proposals primarily within the theme Ocean space. Proposals, which aim at applying of law-in-context approaches such as legal geography, are encouraged. Project proposals on the other themes, sovereignty and ocean commons are also welcome. More information available here.

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CJEU: Case C-786/19 (The North of England P & I Association Ltd v Bundeszentralamt für Steuern) judgement delivered

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered judgment on Case C-786/19 (The North of England P & I Association Ltd v Bundeszentralamt für Steuern). This corresponds to a request for a preliminary ruling from the Finanzgericht Köln (Finance Court, Cologne, Germany).

The CJEU held that “where insurance contracts concern the provision of cover for various risks linked to the operation of sea-going vessels which are entered in the shipping register maintained by a Member State but which fly the flag of another Member State or of a third State under a temporary flagging-out authorisation, the State that must be considered to be the ‘Member State of registration’ of the ship concerned and therefore, to be ‘the Member State where the risk is situated’, within the meaning of those provisions, holding the exclusive power to tax premiums paid with respect to those insurance contracts, is the Member State which maintains the shipping register in which the primary purpose of entering that ship is to prove ownership of that ship”.

The judgement (15 April 2021) may be found here and the Opinion of the Advocate General (27 January 2021) is available here.

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Conference: The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea

The MERCO Project will host a conference, entitled, The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea: theoretical and practical challenges, 24-25 June 2021, at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (Lyon, France). Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to gaetan.balan@univ-lyon3.fr. For more information see here.

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India: Supreme Court Disposes of the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident Related Proceedings

The Indian Supreme Court, by Order of 15 June 2021 in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No 20370 of 2012: Massimilano Latorre and Ors vs Union of India and Ors, quashed the criminal proceedings against the Italian marines involved in the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident and disposed of all related pending matters before the court (Order, Paragraph 7). As per The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(3), the Arbitral Tribunal had decided “India must take the necessary steps to cease to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the Marines”. Likewise, in respect of The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(6)(b) concerning compensation due by Italy, Italy and India “agreed to the amount of INR 100,000,000 (INR 100 million) to be paid by Italy as total compensation under all the four heads of compensable loss identified by the Arbitral Tribunal’s award” (Order, Paragraph 3). Finally, concerning Italy’s commitment to resume its criminal investigation, expressed during the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) proceedings, “Italy will resume its criminal investigation in the events of 15.02.2012 and that both India and Italy will cooperate with each other in pursuit of that investigation” (Order, Paragraph 3).

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Webinar: The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road

The University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the University of Macerata (Italy) will host a webinar, entitled, The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road, 15 July 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: CIL Research Associate or Fellow

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) is accepting applications for the position of Research Associate/Fellow (Oceans Law and Policy Programme), with a closing date of 31 July 2021. For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: 2021 Polar Law Symposium

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University), the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) and the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) shall host the 14th Polar Law Symposium, themed, The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law21-23 November 2021, in a hybrid format of online and at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 2 August 2021.

for further information see the call for abstracts and the website.

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Event: Maritime delimitation agreements and sovereignty claims

The Research Group on Natural Resources Law, the Research Group on International Governance, and Research Group on Human Rights, Armed Conflict, Peace and Security Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo (Norway) are jointly hosting a webinar entitled Maritime delimitation agreements and sovereignty claims: current trends and recent cases. Some of the questions to be addressed are: What can we learn from the recent maritime delimitation agreements for the way States deal with maritime claims? How does this affect non-State actors’ rights? Are we witnessing a shift in the manner we interpret the law of the sea, notably under new pressures for access to natural resources? The event takes place online on 11 June 2021, and registration is necessary. More information is available here.

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Webinar: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award

The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (Swansea University), supported by the European Society of International Law, will host a webinar, entitled, Flag State Jurisdiction, Incidental Jurisdiction, and the Protection of Merchant Vessels: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award, 30 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network: Time to Rethink?, 6 July 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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UN World Oceans Day 2021

The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (Office of Legal Affairs) shall coordinate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2021, themed, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, 8 June 2021, online. For more information see here. A wide variety of further events occur throughout the week, see here.

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2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea

The Korea Maritime Institute is hosting the 2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea, 5-14 July 2021, online. Applications are welcome until 20 June 2021. Applicants should be from countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients by OECD and no fees apply.

For more information see here.

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Event: Protection of Innocent and Transit Passage in Maritime Chokepoints

The Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center at Haifa University (Israel) is hosting a webinar entitled “UNCLOS and the Protection of Innocent and Transit Passage in Maritime Chokepoints”. This event shall discuss practical implications, regulatory tools and lawful responses to violations of maritime transit, with a special focus on countries that are not party to UNCLOS. The webinar takes place 7 June 2021. More information is available here.

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Workshop: Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy

City University of London shall host a workshop, entitled, Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy, 8 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Ocean and Climate Challenges – Seeking Sustainable Solutions

The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute shall host a webinar, entitled, Ocean and Climate Challenges: Seeking Sustainable Solutions, 8 June 2021 (online). The event will include a book launch for Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges – Essays in Honour of David Freestone.

For more information see here.

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Kadir Has International Law of the Sea Summer Academy

Kadir Has University shall host an International Law of the Sea Summer Academy, 28 June-9 July 2021, online. Early bird admission (reduced fees) is available until 14 April 2021.

For more information see the syllabus and admission.

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Switzerland/Nigeria: M/T “San Padre Pio” Release Agreement

On 20 May 2021 the Nigerian minister of justice and the Swiss ambassador in Nigeria signed a memorandum of understanding providing for the immediate release of the M/T “San Padre Pio” vessel, a vessel detained in January 2018 in Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. According to the Press Release, “Once the vessel has been able to leave Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone, the legal proceeding pending before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg can be terminated.” Therefore, upon successful implementation of the MoU, The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria) currently before ITLOS will be terminated (see previous reporting).

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Webinar: IUU Fishing – Challenges & Solutions

The Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies (INADIS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: Challenges and Solutions, 22 May 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Calls: From Integrated Maritime Policy to International Ocean Governance

The School of Law at NOVA University of Lisbon is launching a call for papers for a workshop entitled “From Integrated Maritime Policy to International Ocean Governance: the progressive development of EU maritime policies”. The main focus of the Workshop is the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy and how it can be reinforced to meet the current and future challenges facing the Ocean and humankind. Deadline for paper proposals is 28 May 2021. More information is available here.

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Calls: European judges faced with migration

The Center for International Law of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, in France, is accepting contributions for a book project entitled “European judges faced with migration”. This book project is part of the Migration and Asylum Policies Systems (MAPS) research project. The goal of this project is to highlight the ways of exercising the office of European judges lato sensu in migration matters in order to understand how the judge determines, organizes and articulates the applicable law or even constructs case-law policies that supplement or compete with national and / or European policies.

Deadline is 21 May 2021 to submit proposals in either English or French. It is confirmed that this call welcomes contributions on the topic of unsafe mixed migration by sea. Further information is to be found here.

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WTO: Fisheries Subsidies Draft Negotiating Text

On 11 May 2021 the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations introduced the Fisheries Subsidies: Draft Consolidated Chair Text ahead of the 15 July 2021 meeting of ministers. Weekly thematic meetings to assist in finalizing a text will start 24 May 2021.

For further information see the Chair’s explanatory note accompanying the new fisheries subsidies draft negotiating text and WTO press release.

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Webinar: UNCLOS as a Living Instrument

The IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) shall host a series of webinars during its IUCN-WCEL Environment Week, including, United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as a Living Instrument: Solutions for the 21st Century, 3 June 2021, online.

To register see here. For further events of interest in the IUCN-WCEL Environment Week see here.

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Calls: Les quarante ans de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer

Deadline to submit proposals of research papers in French is 15 July 2021 with the Centre d’études et de recherche internationales et communautaires (CERIC) at the Aix-Marseille Université (France), for a colloquium entitled Les quarante ans de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer (The fourty years of UNCLOS).

The event is set to take place on 16-17 June 2022. More information can be found via the website of the Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer (ASSIDMER) here (in French).

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Conference: International Law Year in Review

The NUS Centre for International Law shall host its third International Law Year in Review Conference, 25 June 2021 (online). Registration is open until 15 June 2021. Sessions include ‘The Singapore / ITLOS: Model Agreement for the Provision of Facilities to ITLOS’; ‘Ocean and Climate Change’ and ‘Book Launch: Reflections on the Making of the Modern Law of the Sea by the late Ambassador Satya N Nandan’

For more information see here and the programme.

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CLCS: Iceland Partial Revised Submission

On 31 March 2021 Iceland submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf a Partial Revised Submission in respect of the western, southern and south-eastern parts of Reykjanes Ridge. This region also featured in Iceland’s 2009 Partial Submission in respect of the Ægir Basin Area and the Western and Southern Parts of Reykjanes Ridge, for which the CLCS adopted Recommendations in 2016. The 2021 Revised Partial Submission “is limited to Reykjanes Ridge, as the Icelandic Government agrees with the recommendations provided for the Ægir Basin Area” (Executive Summary).

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Calls: Indian Journal of International Law

Closing date for submission of papers is 15 August 2021 with the Indian Journal of International Law (IJIL). The Editorial Board of IJIL particularly encourages submissions that are relevant to the developing countries, Asian and African approaches to International Law and India. It is understood that contributions on the International Law of the Sea are welcome. Details for submission are available here. More information can be found at the website of the Indian Society of International Law.

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Webinars: Current Issues in the Law of the Sea

The Law of the Sea Interest Group of the European Society of International Law shall host a webinar series, entitled, Current Issues in the Law of the Sea, 13 May – 8 July 2021 (online). To register for the inaugural webinar, entitled, The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Recent Jurisprudence and Looking Forward, 13 May 2021, see here.

For further information and the full programme see here.

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Vacancies: postdoctoral researcher at the Arctic University of Norway

Deadline is 25 May 2021 for a postdoctoral position with the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea at the Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø. The postdoctoral position is a part of the research project Developing good ocean governance of the Arctic in times of unpredictable and rapid changes (DOGA). The primary objective of DOGA is to contribute to good ocean governance of the marine Arctic by critically investigating the implementation of ecosystem approach in Norway, in the context of regional and global law and policy. More information is available here.

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Vacancies: Professor and Research Associate at World Maritime University

The World Maritime University (Sweden) is currently advertising two positions:

Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair): Applications welcome until 15 May 2021 (position is open strictly to citizens of Canada).

Research Associate (ICAPFISH Project): Applications are welcome until 21 May 2021.

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Webinar: The Past and Future of Piracy

Nottingham Trent University shall host a webinar, entitled, The Past and Future of the International Law of High Seas Piracy, 4 June 2021 (online). For more information see here.

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Webinar: Sea-Level Rise and Challenges for International Law

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven shal host a Women in International Law Series, including, Sea-Level Rise and Challenges for International Law, 21 June 2021 (online).

For more information see here and here.

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Courses: Introduction to the International Law of the Sea

Utrecht University will host a summer school, entitled, Introduction to the International Law of the Sea. The course will look at the maritime zones, their extent, substantive regime (including the rights of third States), and maritime boundary delimitation in case of overlapping claims. Students will see whether law is an effective tool for marine environmental protection. Students will also look in particular at international fisheries law, and offshore energy production. Another session will be devoted to dispute settlement in the law of the sea. In looking at recent development the course will have a session on future developments of the law of the sea, including the feasibility of the development of an instrument for the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The course shall take place online, on 12 July 2021 – 16 July 2021. Applications are open until 2 July 2021. More information is available here.

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Webinar: The regime of international straits

The School of Law (University of Essex) shall host its Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (summer term), including, The regime of international straits – freedoms, rights and obligations at stake, 17 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here. Further law of the sea discussions are in the agenda (3 June 2021).

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Courses: International Law of the Sea

The Singapore Cooperation Programme shall host an online course, entitled, International Law of the Sea, 14-18 June 2021. Nominations (mid- to senior-level government officials who deal with issues related to the Law of the Sea) from eligible countries are welcome until 17 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Peaceful Settlements of Disputes in the Oceans in the 21st Century

The Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law will host an e-conference, entitled, Peaceful Settlements of Disputes in the Oceans in the 21st Century, 8 June 2021 (online). For further information see here.

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Treaties: Escazú Agreement Enters into Force

On 22 April 2021 the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean entered into force (as per Article 22(1)). According to Article 2 “The objective of the present Agreement is to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development”. There are currently 12 Contracting Parties.

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Events: Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international

The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique at the University of Nantes (France) shall host a colloquium entitled Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international. The purpose of this event is the analysis of the legal implications of sea level rise; it is also about better understanding to what extent existing international standards allow societies to adapt (or not) to this phenomenon and what actions can be carried out on this basis, whether at national, regional or international level, in order to combat both its causes and its devastating effects, by empowering the various actors involved (see previous report here).

The event shall be held online (in French) on 15 June 2021. A draft programme is available here. For further information see here.

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Book Launch: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts

A launch event for the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts will be held 26 April 2021 (online). For more information and speakers see here.

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Call for Papers: International Law and Post-Pandemic Asia

The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law – Chinese (Taiwan) Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and the Centre for Commercial Law in Asia of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Yong Pung How School of Law shall host the 2021 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, themed, International Law and Post-Pandemic Asia: New Economic Challenges and Opportunities, 5-6 August 2021 (online). Papers proposals are welcome until 20 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?

The Institute for Security Studies shall host a webinar, entitled, Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) and the ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals shall host a colloquium, entitled, Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process, 27 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Calls: The Law of Naval Warfare

The Stockton Center for International Law (SCIL) at the U.S. Naval War College is partnering with the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) to launch the latest Call for Articles of Project Trident to solicit writing on the law of naval warfare and its evolving impact on the future of international maritime security. Deadline is 17 May 2021. Further details to be found here.

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CLCS: Russian Federation’s addenda in respect of the Arctic Ocean

On 31 March 2021, the Russian Federation submitted two addenda to the executive summary of the partial revised Submission in respect of the Arctic Ocean. The two addenda, concern: (i) Gakkel Ridge, Nansen and Amundsen Basins, and (ii) Lomonosov Ridge, Alpha Ridge, Mendeleev Rise, Amundsen and Makarov Basins, and the Canadian Basin, respectively. For more information see CLCS.1.REV.2015.LOS.Add1 (Continental Shelf Notification).

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Competitions: IBDMAR/BILOS III ITLOS Moot Court Competition

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR/BILOS) announced its III International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition. The Moot Court event will be held remotely (online) on November 8-10 2021.  The keywords of the III ITLOS Moot Court Competition hypothetical case are: Small Island Developing States, fisheries access agreement, traditional fishing rights, pollution from land-based sources, pollution from vessels, plastics and waste management. More information is available here.

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Event: Law Of The Sea Workshop

The Faculty of Law at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), with the support of the Japanese Government, is hosting a seminar series on current issues in the law of the sea. Topics discussed include IUU Fishing, BBNJ, environmental sustainability, and the rule of law at sea. Speakers come from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Pacific. This event takes place on 28-29 April 2021. For more information on the program and registration see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network shall host the first Virtual Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW), themed, Uncovering the Unknowns: Global cooperation to eliminate ‘the U’s’ in Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, 13-14 July 2021 (online). Abstracts from fisheries MCS practitioners are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region

The Stockton Center for International Law, in co-operation with The Japan Institute of International AffairsWorld Maritime University–Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation, shall host the 44th Annual Conference on Oceans Law & Policy, entitled, Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region, 10-12 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law & Governance

The Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University (Australia), The Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University (China), and The Environmental Studies Program, The University of Colorado Boulder (United States), shall host a conference, entitled, Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law and Governance, 6–8 July 2021. Abstracts are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: What are the root causes of maritime piracy?

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, What are the root causes of maritime piracy?, 29 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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