On 13-14 November 2014, Ghent University (UGent) will be hosting an international two-day conference at the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The conference, organized in partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université catholique de Louvain – Mons (UCL-Mons) and the Université libre de Bruxelles, will pause at the success of the Montego Bay Convention in governing the use of the oceans. At the same time, it will look ahead and examine to what extent the Convention is properly equipped to withstand the various challenges ahead, including, for instance, competing territorial and maritime claims in the South and East China Seas and in the Arctic, the fight against piracy, future exploitation of the deep sea bed, ocean pollution, the increased recourse to the UNCLOS dispute settlement regime, etc. More information here. Registration and conference programme are available here.
Monthly Archives: July 2014
In its Award dated 7 July 2014, the Permanent Court unanimously decided that it has jurisdiction to identify the land boundary terminus and to delimit the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf between the Parties within and beyond two hundred nautical miles in the areas where the claims of the Parties overlap. The Tribunal was also unanimous in identifying the location of the land boundary terminus between Bangladesh and India and in determining the course of the maritime boundary in the territorial sea. By a majority of four votes to one, the Tribunal determined the course of the maritime boundary line between Bangladesh and India in the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf within and beyond 200 nautical miles (press release). You can read the full Award from the PCA here as well as the separate concurring and dissenting opinion to the Award of judge Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao.
The ESIL Law of the Sea Interest Group has already announced the selected presentations for the side event ‘International Law… and the Sea’ which will take place on 3 September 2014, at 16.30-18.30, in the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European Society of International Law. The speakers have been selected through call for papers and will present a series of papers which focus on topics where the law of the sea has influenced the development of international law.The side event is open to anyone who have an interest in law of the sea issues and generally in international law. More information on the presentations can be found here.
New requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments entering into force on 1 July 2014. More information here.