The International Court of Justice delivered its Judgment on the preliminary objections raised by Colombia in the case concerning Question of the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between Nicaragua and Colombia beyond 200 nautical miles from the Nicaraguan Coast (Nicaragua v. Colombia). The Court found that it has jurisdiction, on the basis of Article XXXI of the Pact of Bogotá, to entertain the First Request put forward by Nicaragua in its Application, in which it requests the Court to determine the precise course of the maritime boundary between Nicaragua and Colombia in the areas of the continental shelf which appertain to each of them beyond the boundaries determined by the Court in its Judgment of 19 November 2012, and that that Request is admissible. The award of the court can be found here.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), and with support from Leiden University College The Hague, will host a public expert panel discussion entitled, ‘From “Mare Liberum” to “Mare Justum”?’. The event will be held on 31 March 2016, 16:00 – 17:30, at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Den Haag (The Netherlands).
For more information, and it register, see here.
During the month of February, Barbados (2 February 2016) and South Africa (16 February 2016) acceded 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 the 2 March 2016 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2270, Non-proliferation/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This contains a number of port state and flag state obligations, of particular note see paragraphs 18, 22, and, 19, 20, 29-31, respectively. Media reports suggest China has already barred a North Korean vessel’s entry to the port of Rizhao.
The UNSC Resolution can be found here.