The second Our Ocean conference was held in Valparaiso, Chile from 5-6 October. Participants announced over 80 new initiatives, covering the protection of ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, preventing and monitoring ocean acidification, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and understanding our ocean.
Monthly Archives: November 2015
The 12th European Society of International Law Conference, How International Law Works in Times of Crisis, will be held in Riga, 8 – 10 September 2016. Whilst a host of interesting forums and agora will be held, those with a particular interest in the law of the sea should consult the agora, Law of the Sea: As ever, between Selden and Grotius.
After several rounds of negotiations in the past two years, Taiwan and the Philippines concluded the Agreement Concerning the Facilitation of Cooperation on Law Enforcement in Fisheries Matters on November 5, 2015. The agreement contains seven articles and includes three important points of consensus that have already been implemented—avoiding the use of violence or unnecessary force, establishment of an emergency notification system, and establishment of a prompt release mechanism. More information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan): here and here.
Months after the ITLOS Order on the “Enrica Lexie” Incident has been delivered (see post), the Permanent Court of Arbitration just announced that the constitution of the Arbitral Tribunal in an arbitration between the Italian Republic and the Republic of India under Annex VII to the UNCLOS has been completed. Information on the appointed arbitrators can be found in this press release.
The International Law Institute and Georgetown University Law Center are hosting a conference on natural resources and the law of the sea. This event is expected to cover issues such as principles of allocation of resources in areas under national jurisdiction, the exploration and exploitation of resources in areas under national jurisdiction, and natural resources and biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. The event is to happen on December 7, 2015, in Washington, USA. More information can be found here.
The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (Brill/Nijhoff) will host a seminar entitled ‘Developing International Law at the Bar – A Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals‘ on the 5th November 2015, from 3:00-5:30pm at The House of the New York City Bar Association, New York (USA). The thematic approaches discussed will include the law of the sea. Attendance is free, register online.
For more information, see here.