Monthly Archives: March 2017

Conference: High Seas Governance: Gaps and Challenges

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) is hosting a conference entitled “High Seas Governance: Gaps and Challenges”. This event will explore some of the gaps in the governance of the high seas in UNCLOS. It will examine the relationship between UNCLOS and other existing international instruments and mechanisms that protect the sensitive marine environment, and also explore trends in environmental policy and governance. The event will take place on 24-25 April 2017 in Singapore, and registration is required. More information is available here.

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ILO: Adoption of recommendations for Thailand’s fishing industry

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body adopted a decision at its 329th Session based upon a Committee report in respect of non-observance by Thailand of the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29). The focus of the report is in respect of fisheries carried out under Thailand’s flag state jurisdiction and responsibility.

For further information see the Report of the Committee, and the Governing Body Decision.

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Seminar: At-Sea Enforcement and Naval Warfare

The JCLOS will hold a seminar on the topic of “At-sea enforcement and naval warfare”. The event will take place on 20 September 2017 in Tromsø, Norway. The program of the event is available here. Registration is required and open until 1 July 2017; it can be done here.

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Side event: possible implications of a BBNJ Agreement for Arctic marine governance

The JCLOS and FNI will host a side event on the “possible implications of a BBNJ (biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction) Agreement for Arctic marine governance”. The side event is part of the upcoming negotiating session towards a new treaty on marine biodiversity at the United Nations in New York. The side event will be held on 5 April 2017, 13.15-14.30, in Conference Room 11 at UN Headquarters. More information here.

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Symposium: ITLOS at 20: Looking into the Future

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is organizing another event to celebrate its twenty years of existence (see our previous report here). This event, entitled “ITLOS at 20: Looking into the Future”, will occur on 18 March 2017 at the premises of the tribunal in Hamburg, Germany. Following the presentations, this event will feature a round table entitled “A user-friendly Tribunal in the service of the international community”. The program is available here; registration is required.

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Workshop: Navigating the South China Sea – Challenges and Opportunities

The Centre for East Asian Studies in Groningen, the Netherlands, is organizing a workshop entitled “Navigating the South China Sea: Challenges and Opportunities”. This event intends to look into some recent developments in the South China Sea area. On the one hand, it will focus on the South China Sea arbitration. On the other hand, the workshop will concentrate on the South China Sea politics and dispute settlement in the future. The event will occur on 10 March 2017, and the program is available here.

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Workshop: Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area

A workshop on the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Environmental Management Strategy for the Area will be held in Berlin, Germany from 19-24 March 2017. The workshop aims to assist the Authority in developing a long-term Environmental Management Strategy for the Area. It will deal with governance issues such as overarching principles, regional planning and adaptive management. The outcome of the workshop should provide a first structured and interdisciplinary input on the draft Environmental Regulations taking into account the deliberations by the Legal and Technical Committee in February 2017. More information available here.

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