The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law shall host a lecture by Prof. Alexander Proelß (University of Trier) to launch the book, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: A Commentary, 12 September 2017. Prof. Alina Miron will act as interviewer.
For more information see the announcement here, and poster here.
Ukraine sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation, 11 August 2017, in connection with the introduction by the Russian Federation of a ban on navigation through the Kerch Strait during August and September 2017, related to the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait. Ukraine objects to both the ban and construction.
For further information, see here. Also note the pending Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation), PCA Case No. 2017-06, previously reported here.
On 13 August 2017 the Chinese Flagged Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was boarded by Ecuadorian authorities within the Galapagos Marine Reserve, carrying a reported 300 tons of marine fauna, including hammerhead sharks. On the 27 August 2017 judgement was delivered, sentencing the crew to 1-4 years in prison, a 5.9 million dollar fine, and the confiscation of the vessel for violation of Article 247 of the Código Orgánico Integral Penal.
For more information see the Ministry of the Environment press release on boarding (here) and sentencing (here).
Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999: Dirección de Comunicación, Ministerio del Ambiente
The International Seabed Authority annual session was held, 31 July-4 August 2017 for the Legal & Technical Commission and 7-18 August 2017 for the 23rd Session, at ISA headquarters (Kingston, Jamaica).
Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area (8 August 2017) discussed are available here. For documentation from the 23rd Session see here, and the IISD summary report here.
Having failed to follow an order to leave the Songa Enabler safety zone, issued by the Troms Police District, 17 August 2017, the Greenpeace vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, has been boarded and towed away by the Norwegian Coast Guard.
See further the order here, and Greenpeace response here.
The Warwick Law School and Social Theory Centre shall host a Critical Legal Conference, entitled, Catastrophe, 1-3 September 2017, at the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK). Whilst of broad scope, reflection may be of interest to law of the sea scholars, e.g. Environmental Law, panel 3.
For more information see here, and the programme.
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance shall host a symposium, entitled, Global Environmental Law, 4-5 September 2017, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK).
For more information and registration (before 18 August 2017), see here.
The Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced an agreement on the final boundary for a future national marine conservation area (NMCA) in Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound. A section of this area twice the size of Nova Scotia will be protected, making it the largest marine conservation area in Canada. This conservation area will protect Inuit harvesting rights guaranteed under the Nunavut agreement and ensure the protection of species at risk. More information may be found here.
The joint statement, issued at the conclusion of the Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial, 6 August 2017, touched upon the maritime disputes in the South China Sea. Calling upon all claimants to clarify their claims in compliance with UNCLOS and to respect the Philippines-China Arbitration Award, the statement also called for the proposed ASEAN Code of Conduct for the South China Sea to be legally binding.
For more information see the Joint Statement here. For the ASEAN and China consensus on a framework for the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea (without reference to its legal status) see the Joint Communiqué of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting here.
The World Maritime University is hosting a conference on Oceans and Climate Change Governance. Topics to be discussed include the IPCC’s ongoing preparation of a special report on oceans, climate change, and the cryosphere, the ongoing work of the International Law Association’s committee on sea level rise the global discussion of implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and the work of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The event is set to happen in Malmö, Sweden, on 14-15 August 2017. More information available here.
The Edinburgh Europa Research Group shall host a symposium, entitled, External Challenges for the Common Fisheries Policy, on 11 May 2018, at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK). Abstracts must be submitted by 30 November 2017.
For more information, see here.