World Maritime Day has been celebrated at IMO Headquarters on 29 September 2016. The theme for this year’s edition was “Shipping: indispensable to the world”. This theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. More information about this event is available in this background paper.
Monthly Archives: September 2016
PCA: Conciliation between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Commonwealth of Australia (update)
Following what has been previously reported here and here, the PCA’s Conciliation Commission has issued its Decision on Competence in the compulsory conciliation initiated between Timor-Leste and the Australia under Annex V of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In its Decision, the Commission held that it was competent to continue with the conciliation process. These compulsory conciliation proceedings concern the maritime boundary between both States and were initiated by Timor-Leste by way of a Notice addressed to Australia pursuant to Article 298 and Annex V of the Convention. More information about this development can be found in the PCA’s press release.
PluriCourts – Center for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts, UiO, in cooperation with the K.G. Jebsen Center for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), UiT, shall host a panel discussion, entitled, The South China Sea Arbitration between China and the Philippines, 28 September 2016, at Litteraturhuset, Oslo (Norway).
Following the previously reported 2014 and 2015 Our Ocean Conferences, the third Our Ocean Conference was held in Washington, DC (USA), 15-16 September, 2016. Over 136 new initiatives on marine conservation and protection were announced and the initiative is set to continue past the Obama Administration with the conferences in 2017 hosted by the European Union in Malta, in 2018 in Indonesia, and in 2019 in Norway.
For those interested in the proposed negotiations of an international agreement under the WTO to prohibit harmful fisheries subsidies see the related Joint Statement Regarding Fisheries Subsidies.
The World Maritime University will be hosting an international conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017). This event is expected to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners to examine opportunities and challenges in the field of maritime energy with the aim of achieving an energy efficient and low carbon future for the maritime industry. The conference will occur in Malmö, Sweden, on 24-25 January 2017. Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English by 30 September 2016. More information about the event and the call for papers is available here.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in October 2016. On this occasion, a one-and-a-half day international symposium will be held on 5 and 6 October 2016. One of the events is entitled “The contribution of the Tribunal to the Rule of Law” and its aim is to highlight the role played by the Tribunal over the last 20 years in the system for the peaceful settlement of law of the sea-related disputes set out in Part XV of the UNCLOS. The ceremony will occur at the Tribunal’s premises, as reported by the President of ITLOS here (paragraphs 33 and 34), followed the next day by a reception at the City Hall of Hamburg.
Conference: International Tribunals and the Interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer (AssIDMer) is holding its VI Ordinary Colloquium. The event takes place at the Università degli Studi del Sannio, in Benevento, Italy, on 3-4 November 2016. The topic of this year’s edition is “International Tribunals and the Interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”. The program of the event is available here.