Monthly Archives: March 2015

ITLOS: 9th Nippon Foundation Programme on Dispute Settlement

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has just announced the 2015-2016 capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The programme was established in 2007 with the financial support of the Nippon Foundation. The 9th programme will be conducted within a period of 9 months from 15 July 2015 to 31 March 2016. Training will take place principally at the ITLOS premises in Hamburg, Germany.Targeted participants are young government officials or researchers currently working on issues of the law of the sea or dispute settlement who are looking to develop their legal skills and deepen their practical knowledge of the settlement of disputes mechanisms. The application deadline is 4 May 2015 and you can find all the information here.

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Call for papers: The Chagos Litigation, A Socio-Legal Dialogue

The University of Greenwich will host a one day conference entitled The Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue, on the 29th June 2015 at the Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK. The deadline for submission of abstracts, which should be 200-300 words, is the 17th April 2015. Professor Philippe Sands QC will deliver the keynote speech.

More information can be found here.

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Forthcoming World Oceans Day 2015: Global events of interest plus call for further events

World Oceans Day on June 8th has been recognized by the United Nations since 2008. Those wishing to hold a conference or event can register online, here.

The schedule of all currently registered events can be found here. Of particular note to those interested in law of the sea is the Marine Protected Areas and the Law of the Sea Workshop, hosted by ISRIM and the University of Applied Sciences, Bremerhaven.

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Conference: Maritime Security and Offshore Activities

The conference, Maritime Security and Offshore Activities: Legal Aspects, hosted by ISRIM, in cooperation with MARSAFENET and IMLI will be held on the 12 June 2015 at the Chambers of Commerce, Bremen.

More information and registration details can be found here.

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PCA Award: Chagos Marine Protected Area Arbitration (Mauritius v. United Kingdom)

The arbitration proceedings concerning the establishment of a marine protected area by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island around the Chagos Archipelago (April 2010) has concluded with an award in relation to Mauritius’ claim that the MPA declaration was incompatible with the United Kingdom’s UNCLOS obligations. The claims related to the status of the UK/Mauritius as the coastal state were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Judge James Kateka and Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum issued a dissenting and concurrent opinion which touched upon this question, and the principles of decolonization and self-determination.

For an overview see the press release. For more information see the full Award of the Arbitral Tribunal, and the dissenting and concurrent opinion of Kateka and Wolfrum.

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Conference: Interspill Amsterdam 2015

The Interspill Conference is happening in Amsterdam this year, between 24 and 26 March. It will be held at Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, the Netherlands, and is co-organised by Reed Exhibitions and Interspill Ltd. The conference will be hosted by the Spill Response Group Holland (SRGH). The event includes an exhibition and focuses on the changing landscape of spill preparedness and response; it also focuses on how activities continue to move into more challenging environments and on how public sensitivities to perceived spill risks has increased. The program of the conference is available here. Registration can be done here.

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Republic of the Philippines supplemental submission to the Arbitral Tribunal (Philippines/China)

In the arbitration proceedings, The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China, The Republic of the Philippines have conveyed a further 12 volumes of supplementary submissions totaling over 3,000 pages. This is in response to the 26 questions submitted by the Arbitral Tribunal to the Philippines.

For more information on the submission see the Statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (Philippines). Further information on the arbitration proceedings can be found here.

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