Monthly Archives: April 2014

Conference: Challenges of the Changing Arctic: Continental Shelf, Navigation, and Fisheries

The Center for Oceans Law and Policy is organising its Annual Conference at the University of Bergen, June 26-27. The theme is “Challenges of the Changing Arctic: Continental Shelf, Navigation, and Fisheries”. A preliminary program is available here.

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Journals: Ocean Development & International Law

The latest issue of Oceans Development & International Law (Vol. 45, no. 2, 2014) is out. Contents include:

  • Marcin Kałduński & Taduesz Wasilewski, The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on Maritime Delimitation: TheBangladesh v. Myanmar Case
  • Øystein Jensen, The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: An Administrative, Scientific, or Judicial Institution?
  • Geir Hønneland, Compliance and Postagreement Bargaining in the Barents Sea Fisheries
  • Yoshifumi Tanaka, A Note on the M/V “Louisa” Case
  • Montserrat Abad Castelos, Marine Renewable Energies: Opportunities, Law, and Management

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New Caledonia: Coral Sea Nature Park formally adopted

The World’s largest Marine Protected Area has been created in French New Caledonia. First announced in August 2012, the strategic analysis has been finally concluded and led to the formal adoption of a marine protected area covering nearly 1.3 million square kilometers. For more information see the French Agence des aires marines protégées, and its press release.

Perimeter of the Coral Sea natural park in French New Caledonia. © Agence des aires marines protégées

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IMO: 2002 passenger ship liability and compensation treaty enters into force

IMO has just announced that the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 2002, which substantially raises the limits of liability for the death of, or personal injury to, a passenger on a ship, enters into force on 23 April 2014. More information here.

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Conference: MARSAFENET

The Network of Experts on the Legal Aspects of Maritime and Safety and Security (COST Action IS1105)  is organizing a plenary conference on “Maritime safety and environmental protection in Europe”. The event takes place at the University of Porto, May 23, 2014. You can find the application form here, the program here and the poster here.

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Conference: An Introduction to Arctic Governance

The Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore is organizing a conference on the topic of Arctic Governance. The event takes place on May 23, 2014. The main speaker is Captain J. Ashley Roach, JAGC, from the U.S. Navy (retired). The entrance is free and you can find more information here.

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Conference: Heading to Europe – Safe Haven or Graveyard?

The ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, together with the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam have announced a panel discussion on Mediterranean migration by sea.

See the program and panelists for more information.

Date: 16th May 2014.

Location: Radboud University Nijmegen – CPO-zaal, Spinozagebouw, Montessorilaan 3, Nijmegen.

Registration: online.

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EU: new marine equipment directive

The European Parliament has adopted the Commission’s proposed new Directive on marine equipment. Better rules on marine equipment in the EU will result in safer journeys for the ships and their crew, less red tape for Member States, reduced costs for business, and increased competitiveness of the EU industry. European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said “These new rules are an important development in this sector as marine equipment represents a significant fraction of the value of a ship, and its quality and safe operation are critical for the safety of the ship and its crew. It is equally important for the prevention of maritime accidents and pollution of the marine environment”. More information here.

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ITLOS: the M/V “Virginia G” case (Panama/Guinea-Bissau)

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea delivered its Judgment today in The M/V “Virginia G” Case (Panama/Guinea-Bissau). The Judgment was read by President Shunji Yanai at a public sitting.

The dispute concerns the M/V Virginia G, an oil tanker flying the flag of Panama, arrested on 21 August 2009 by the authorities of Guinea-Bissau for carrying out refuelling operations for foreign vessels fishing in Guinea-Bissau’s exclusive economic zone. The vessel and the gas oil on board were confiscated on 27 August 2009. Subsequently, the vessel was released by decision of the authorities of Guinea-Bissau, which was notified to the ship-owner on 6 October 2010. Proceedings were instituted before the Tribunal on 4 July 2011 through the notification of a special agreement concluded between the Parties. The hearing in the case was held from 2 to 6 September 2013.

The judgement is here.

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UN: Seventh meeting of the Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

The seventh meeting of the UN Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction took place in New York from 1 to 4 April 2014. It was the first of three meetings planned to discuss the scope, parameters and feasibility of a new instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas and international seabed area. This meeting delved deeply into the scope, parameters and feasibility of a new instrument under the convention. The vast majority of countries are now calling for a third “Implementing Agreement” to UNCLOS for this purpose. The next meeting is scheduled for the 16 to 19 June 2014. More information on the preparation and results of this meeting can be found here. A summary (not official) of this meeting has been posted here.

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