An article on the South China Sea disputes by Robert Beckman and Clive Schofield was recently published in The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. In this Seminar – happening the 9th of October – the authors will highlight the main points in their article and explain why they believe their suggestions could further the peaceful resolution of the maritime disputes in the South China Sea. More information and the registration form can be found here.
Monthly Archives: September 2014
The 69th United Nations General Assembly convened on the 16th September 2014, with the General Debate being held 24-30th September 2014 (UN Coverage). The opening of the General Debate on the 24th September marked the beginning of the intergovernmental negotiations on the future Sustainable Development Goals – which will expand on their predecessor: the Millennium Development Goals. The basis for negotiations, the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Document, currently includes:
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
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Ghana has initiated arbitration proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Part XV, and Annex VII) to establish its maritime boundary with Côte d’Ivoire. For more information, see Ghanaian Government press release, and the Joint Press Release by Attorney General & Minster for Justice, Minister for Energy and the Chairman of the Boundary Commission.
The draft International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), along with proposed amendments to make the Code mandatory under SOLAS, were agreed by the inaugural session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 1). The basic philosophy of the IGF Code is to provide mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low flashpoint fuels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. More on this can be found here.
The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer has opened a call for papers on the following topic: International Law and Maritime Governance. Current Issues and Challenges for Regional Economic Integration Organizations. The event is to happen at the Université Ca’ Foscari Venice (Italy) on 20-21 November 2014. More information on the application procedure can be found here.