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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Webinar: EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021

The European Commission in association with the European External Action Service shall host an event, entitled, EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021: Setting the Course for a Sustainable Blue Planet, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here (registration closes 19 April 2021).

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Webinar: Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas

The Chatham House Africa Programme shall host a webinar, entitled, Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas: Risks and Policy Options, 15 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Environmental Law and Governance

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law Governance shall host the IX Strathclyde Postgradate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, 2-3 June 2021 (online). Abstracts are welcome until 15 April 2021, while the organizers “encourage in particular presentations that touch upon climate change law and governance in the run up to COP 26 and on ocean law and governance topics linked to the One Ocean Hub“.

For more information see here.

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Vacancy: researchers at the National University of Singapore

The Centre for Maritime Law (CML) at the National University of Singapore is inviting applications from suitable candidates, who are at the beginning of their professional careers, to conduct research and to participate in the work of the centre. Depending on qualifications, background and expertise, suitable applicants will be appointed as a Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Fellow, or Senior Research Fellow.

Applications are invited from those with interests in any branch of commercial maritime or shipping law or admiralty law or marine insurance law, including the international sale of goods carried by sea, maritime conflict of laws, maritime dispute resolution (including maritime arbitration, especially in Asia), and offshore oil and gas law. A demonstrated passion for contemporary research on maritime law (such as autonomous shipping, the impact of COVID–19 on the maritime sector, ship finance in the 21st century, and decarbonisation and the shipping industry) may be an advantage. The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is 30 April 2021. Further information can be found here.

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Webinar: Interpreting Seaspiracy

Hakai Magazine shall host a webinar, entitled, Interpreting Seaspiracy, 8 April 2021 (online).

For more information see the Zoom or YouTube options.

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Vacancy: postdoctoral research associate at Kiel University

The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law (WSI) at the University of Kiel (Germany) seeks a postdoctoral research associate for an interdisciplinary third-party funded project on marine carbon dioxide removal and relating synthesis of knowledge (ASMASYS). This is a three year position, starting August 2021. Deadline for applicants is 17 May 2021. More details can be found here.

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Webinar: Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters

The Department of Law at the University of Cyprus shall host a research seminar, entitled, Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters and International Law of the Sea: A Peculiar Relationship, 7 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Straits

The University of the Littoral Opal Coast (France) has issued a call for papers, entitled, Détroits (Straits): An interdisciplinary and international perspective, in anticipation of a symposium to be held 24-26 November 2021 in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France). Abstracts are welcome until 31 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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ITLOS: Amendment to the Rules of the Tribunal

On 25 March 2021, pursuant to the Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Article 16, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has amended the Rules of the Tribunal (2020 Edition), namely Articles 4-7, 11-13, 16, 19, 31, 36, 39, 42, 45, 76 and 136 (entered into force, 25 March 2021). ITLOS/Press 314 confirms the Rules were amended “with a view to rendering them gender inclusive”. Therefore, references to “he” are now preceded by “she or”, and references to “him” or “his” are now preceded by “her or”. Where possible, “he” is replaced by an office title, such as the President (Article 45) or the Registrar (Article 136). ITLOS does not however have competence to amend the references to he/his/him in the Statute (Article 41, amendments).

For more information see the Amendments (25 March 2021). Note, the differences in language require slightly difference amendments to the french text, Amendments (25 Mars 2021).

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Moot Court: China International Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition, 2021

The Chinese Society for the Law of the Sea is organizing another edition of its International Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition. This year it will be hosted by the Wuhan University China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and it is scheduled to take place on 23-24 October 2021 in Wuhan, China. This competition simulates proceedings under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Court of Justice or an Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal. Registration deadline is 20 May 2021. More information is available here.

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Conference: Bioprospecting, Biodiversity and Novel Uses of Marine Resources

The University of Gothenburg is hosting a conference entitled Bioprospecting, Biodiversity and Novel Uses of Marine Resources – New approaches in international law. This conference aims to enable a discussion among legal academics on the implications for international law of these novel uses of marine resources in four thematic areas: 1) governance perspectives, 2) areas beyond national jurisdiction, 3) contracts, information and genetic resources, and 4) regional perspectives. This event is set to happen online, 30 March 2021. More information is available here.

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ICJ: Non-Participation of Kenya during Somalia v. Kenya hearings

By letter dated 11 March 2021, the Agent of Kenya in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya) informed the ICJ that Kenya would not be participating in the hearings, including the reasons for its non-participation. Kenya requested “the opportunity to address the ICJ orally before the commencement of the hearings” and enclosed a 175 page ‘Position Paper’ “for consideration by the Judges even as the hearing proceeds without Kenya’s participation”. Somalia opposed both requests and the ICJ “[h]aving considered the views of the Parties, the Court decided not to grant either of the two requests made by Kenya”. Despite Kenya’s non-participation, hearings proceed on 15-24 March 2021 and the ICJ “has available to it the Counter-Memorial and Rejoinder filed by Kenya, as well as multiple volumes of materials that were produced by Kenya”.

For more information see the Verbatim record 2021/2.

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Vacancy: postdoctoral position at the University of Copenhagen

Closing date is 1 May 2021 with the Center for International Law and Governance (CILG) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), for a 3-year postdoctoral position on international climate change law and maritime transport. The position is part of the research project International Law-Making: Actors in Shipping and Climate Change (InterAct). InterAct aims to provide an account of the actors involved in the international law-making processes addressing climate change impacts of shipping, elucidating about their role and the incentives, barriers, interactions and synergies for sustainable shipping. Specifically, InterAct focuses on market-based measures and the energy transition for international maritime transport, and the regulation of shipping in the Arctic. More information on this postodoctoral position is available here.

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Webinar: The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Center for International Studies and Research (CERIC) shall host a webinar, entitled, The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law, 24 March 2021, online. The event of part of the 4th Monaco Ocean Week, held 22-28 March 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law

The Department of Law at University of Gothenburg shall host a conference, entitled, Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law: Risk and Technology in Perspective, 18 March 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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Virtual Symposium: The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre shall host a symposium, entitled, The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP, 18 March 2021, online. For more information see here and ReCAAP.

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ICJ: Gabon/Equatorial Guinea proceedings instituted

Proceedings were instituted (5 March 2021) before the International Court of Justice by way of a Special Agreement between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was signed in 2016 and entered into force in March 2020. In the Special Agreement, the Parties request the Court “to determine whether the legal titles, treaties and international conventions invoked by the Parties have the force of law in the relations between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in so far as they concern the delimitation of their common maritime and land boundaries and sovereignty over the islands of Mbanié/Mbañe, Cocotiers/Cocoteros and Conga”. Further information here.

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Conference: High Seas Resources, Ocean Security, and the Great Powers

CNA is hosting a virtual conference entitled High Seas Resources, Ocean Security, and the Great Powers. This will be a discussion about the legally binding instrument on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) currently under negotiation at the UN and its security implications. The event takes place on 24 March 2021. More information available in this flyer and in this announcement.

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Vacancy: Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the World Maritime University

Closing date for applications is 21 March 2021 with the Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the World Maritime University (Sweden). The three-year research project aims to develop practical solutions to the challenges posed by marine debris, Sargassum and marine spatial planning (MSP) in the region and to the member states of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean (OECS). More information is available here.

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Workshop: PROBLUE Ocean Governance Capacity Building Program

The World Bank’s Blue Economy Program PROBLUE is organizing the Ocean Governance Capacity Building Program. This workshop shall be held online and is tailored for the Pacific Ocean region; similar online courses are being planned for East Africa and West Africa, as well as possibly Latin America and the Caribbean. The objective of the training program is to enhance the capacity of government officials, staff of partner organizations, and other stakeholders on ocean governance by providing training on international law related to oceans and the legal framework for the blue economy, including relevant regional conventions.

This online course provides an introduction to global ocean governance, including a primer on public international law related to the oceans and the international legal framework for the blue economy. It is centered on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments addressing fisheries, marine pollution, conservation and biodiversity, climate change, maritime transport and shipping, marine scientific research, and activities in the Area, among other topics.

Deadline for submitting applications is 8 March 2021. Further information is available here.

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Webinar: Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for Ocean Sustainability

The United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is hosting a seminar entitled Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for Ocean Sustainability.

The objective of this webinar is to raise awareness of the importance of the science-policy interface for ocean governance at all levels, showcase links between the science-policy interface and society including ocean users, and reinforce the understanding of the role of citizen science, as well as traditional, indigenous and local knowledge in strengthening the science-policy interface. This event takes place on 1 March 2021. Pre-registrationa and programme can be found here.

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Vacancy: PhD position at University of Tasmania

Closing date for expressions of interest and applications is 14 May 2021 with the University of Tasmania (Australia) for a PhD position on governance solutions to plastic pollution in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This project examines the plastic pollution problem in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions, the current governance measures for dealing with plastic pollution through the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), and other broader global governance arrangements. The candidate will investigate the effectiveness of the global governance systems in place that address plastic pollution. More information is available here.

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Webinar: The Fisheries Act and Brexit

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries shall host a webinar, entitled, A New Era: The Fisheries Act and Brexit, 25 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration, see here.

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Webinars: Biodiversity Law and Governance Series

The Centre for Environmental Law (Macquarie University) shall host its first Biodiversity Law and Governance Webinar Series, entitled, Law & Nature Dialogues, February-June 2021, online. The inaugural lecture will be held on 22 February 2021, entitled, The evolution and challenges in China’s implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information see the Law & Nature Dialogues programme. Registration for the inaugural lecture may be found here.

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Webinar: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Launch of the report ‘Stronger together: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution’, 17 February 2021, online.

For more information see here, and the aforementioned report here.

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Scholarships: Türkiye Scholarship Program 2021

The University of Ankara (Turkey) informs that candidates may apply to the “Türkiye Scholarship Program” for DEHUKAM Master’s (LLM) / PhD Program in the Sea and Maritime Law. This program offers scholarships to students from all over the world to study in Turkey. Closing date for applications is 20 February 2021. More information is available here; the brochure of the program is available here.

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Seminar: 25th Anniversary of ITLOS

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host an event, entitled, Seminar on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), 25 February 2021, online (IBDMAR BILOS YouTube). The event will be in Portuguese.

For more information see here.

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UN HR Committee: Decision & Views concerning Communication No. 3043/2017 (A.S., D.I., O.I. and G.D.)

On the 27 January 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee decided two parallel proceedings, brought against Italy and Malta respectively, concerning their response to a vessel in distress in the Mediterranean Sea and the obligations of Italy and Malta under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The delayed action and failed search and rescue operation of 11 October 2013 were found to have contributed to the deaths of over 200 people estimated to be on board the vessel.

In CCPR/C/130/DR/3042/2017 the Committee considered that the individuals on the vessel in distress were subject to Italy’s jurisdiction for the purposes of the Covenant because ‘a special relationship of dependency had been established between the individuals on the vessel in distress and Italy’ (paras 7.1-7.8). Italy failed to demonstrate it met its due diligence obligations under Article 6(1) of the Covenant (paras. 8.1-8.5) and its duty to conduct a prompt investigation of the allegations relating to a violation of the rights to life under Article 6(1), read in conjunction with Article 2(3) of the Covenant (paras. 8.6-8.7). Three dissenting opinions were attached, namely by Yuval Shany, Christof Heyns and Photini Pazartzis; Andreas Zimmermann; and David Moore. Four concurring opinions were attached, namely by Gentian Zyberi; José Santos-Pais; Vasilka Sancin; and Hélène Tigroudja.

In CCPR/C/128/D/3043/2017 the Committee considered that Malta exercised effective control over the rescue operation as the vessel in distress was located in the Maltese Search and Rescue area (referring to UNCLOS, SAR Convention, and SOLAS) and Malta had formally accepted to assume the coordination of the rescue efforts (paras. 6.5-6.7). However, the authors of the communication failed to exhaust available domestic remedies, meaning the communication was inadmissible (paras. 6.8-6.9). Three dissention opinions were attached, namely by Andreas Zimmermann; Gentian Zyberi, Arif Bulkan and Duncan Muhumuza; and Hélène Tigroudja.

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Call for papers: MARE Conference People & the Sea XI

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is hosting its 11th People & the Sea Conference. This year’s edition has the theme “Limits to Blue Growth?” and aims to contribute to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats is 12 February 2021. More information on the various conference streams can be found here.

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IFLOS Summer Academy 2021

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) shall host the fourteenth session of the IFLOS Summer Academy, 1-27 August 2021, at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany). Applications are welcome until 30 April 2021.

For more information, see here.

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ITLOS – Nippon Foundation Capacity Building and Training Programme 2021-2022

The ITLOS – Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS19 July 2021 – 31 March 2022, to be held at the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany), is welcoming applications until 5 April 2021.

For more information see the flyer and website.

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Webinar: Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking

WWF and TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, shall host a webinar, entitled, Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking in Maritime Transport, 9 February 2021, online. For more information see here, registration here.

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Webinar: Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives

The Exeter Centre for International Law shall host a roundtable, entitled, Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives, 12 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Conference: World Ocean Summit

The Economist Group shall host its 8th World Ocean Summit, themed, Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy, 1-5 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Webinar Series: Rising Sea Levels

The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) shall host a Webinar Series entitled Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law. In this seminar series, the BIICL will look at rising sea levels as a global problem and the legal issues arising from it from the lens of international law and climate justice.

The schedule goes as follows: Webinar 1: Rising Sea Levels & International Law: The role of the International Law Commission (ILC) (3 March 2021); Webinar 2: Rising Sea Levels: A Matter for the ICJ? (11 March 2021); Webinar 3: Rising Sea Levels: Climate Displacement as a Human Right Violation (17 March 2021); Webinar 4: Rising Sea Levels: Climate Change Litigation before Domestic Courts (24 March 2021). Registration is open here.

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Webinars: MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series

The MARIPOLDATA research project shall host a monthly series of webinars, entitled, MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series, January-June 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Belgium: resolution on deep seabed mining adopted in Parliament

The Federal Parliament of Belgium adopted (16 January 2021) Resolution 55 1687 on deep seabed mining. This resolution requests the Belgium Government to 1) support fundamental scientific research and data collection for further knowledge of the deep sea and for the protection of existing marine ecosystems, and 2) to continue to respect environmental legislation and the precautionary principle when developing possible exploitation rules for deep-sea mining to preserve the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. Resolution 55 1687 may be found here (in French and Dutch).

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Webinar: Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty

Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) shall host their latest Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series event, entitled, Global Perspectives on Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty to Respond to Climate Change, 19 February 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Conference: IUU Fishing

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy (FIU) shall host a conference, entitled, IUU Fishing, 3 February 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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ITLOS: Mauritius/Maldives Judgment on Preliminary Objections delivered

The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) formed to deal with the Dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives) delivered on 28 January 2021 its Judgment on the Preliminary Objections raised by the Maldives. The Special Chamber concluded that “it has jurisdiction to adjudicate upon the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the Parties in the Indian Ocean and that the claim submitted by Mauritius in this regard is admissible” (paragraph 351). For further information see here.

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