On the 14th January 2016 the Republic of Korea became the 19th party to the FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA). The PSMA will enter into force 30 days after the 25th ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
The current status of the PSMA can be found here.
On 26 February 2016, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut will organise a Symposium on International Law and Japanese Approaches. The panel sessions will be devoted to two topics: the disputes in the maritime areas of East Asia; and the changing role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in international peace operations. The Symposium will start with a keynote speech of H.E. Judge Hisashi Owada of the International Court of Justice. More information is available here.
The twenty-first session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy will be held 3 -22 July, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is 1 April 2016. The contribution of the Rhodes Academy to capacity building in the law of the sea was recently recognized by the UN General Assembly in Res. A/70/L.22, para. 20.
For more information, fees and application documents please see here.
Furthermore see the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award sponsored by The International Cable Protection Committee, which also has a deadline of the 1 April 2016.
Utrecht University in collaboration with the Exterritory art project has announced an interdisciplinary 2 day conference entitled, Representations of the (Extra)Territorial: Theoretical and Visual Perspectives, to be held from 22-23 April 2016 at Utrecht University. The conference will consist of four panels, addressing respectively virtual reality, the environment, human rights, and general conceptual shifts in understandings of territoriality. Of particular interest to oceans governance see panel II.
For more information on the conference see the programme here. For more information on the Exterritory art project, see here.
The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean has launched the summer school Migration, Sea Border Control and Human Rights. It shall be held at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and at the “Vesuvian Institute” campus in Castellammare di Stabia (Naples, Italy), from 6 – 13 June 2016.
For more information please see the programme and application form.