On 4 October 2013, the Kingdom of the Netherlands instituted arbitral proceedings against the Russian Federation under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The dispute concerns the boarding and detention of the vessel Arctic Sunrise in the exclusive economic zone of the Russian Federation and the detention of the persons on board the vessel by the Russian authorities. By Note Verbale to the PCA dated 27 February 2014, the Russian Federation has indicated its “refusal to take part in this arbitration”. The award on Jurisdiction was just delivered and can be found here.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
The CPMR (Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions) Atlantic Arc Commission is looking for trainee in its Brussels office starting end of January or beginning of February 2015 for a 6 months period. The deadline to submit applications is 1st December 2014. Ideally, the trainee would be from one of the 5 Atlantic Member States: Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom or Ireland. Full details regarding this internship can be found on the websites of the Atlantic Arc Commission and of CPMR.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory, marking an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two poles. The continuation of this official press release can be found here.
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) has opened a call for papers. Applicants are to submit an abstract on the topic of “new challenges facing the arctic ocean and other fragile seas”(max. 500 words) and a brief CV (max 1 page), by January 15, 2015. The resulting conference is to happen on February 20, 2015 at the Rovaniemi, Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. For further details, consult the call for papers. The program of the Conference will be posted here.