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.
Monthly Archives: March 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 9th edition of the ABLOS conference, organized by the Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea, will address advances and challenges in governing our shared Blue World under the framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea from both legal and technical perspectives. Themes to be discussed include: implications of new and developing technologies on the law of the sea, progress towards safeguarding biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), deep seabed mining, legal and technical aspects of defining insular features and the application of UNCLOS in high latitudes. The event is set to happen on 10 – 11 October, 2017 at the International Hydrographic Bureau in Monaco. Abstracts are accepted until 1st June 2017. More information available here and here.
The NGO Human Rights at Sea just published its “Voluntary Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Operations undertaken by civil society Non-Governmental Organisations in the Mediterranean Sea”. This document is presented as the first voluntary minimum standard guidance working towards increased levels of joint co-ordination and co-operation for the on-going humanitarian relief effort in the Mediterranean region. The first edition of the document is intended to act as the basis for rapid iterative development with as many stakeholders as possible, including European Institutions, Agencies, shipping and fishing associations and military forces. The document can be found here.
The eleventh session of the IFLOS Summer Academy at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will be held 23 July to 18 August 2017. The deadline to submit applications is 20 April 2017 (electronic), or 30 April 2017 (postal).
For more information, see here.
The twenty-second session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy will be held 2 -22 July, 2017. The deadline to submit applications is 3 April 2017.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 2017.