Monthly Archives: August 2017

Book Launch: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – A Commentary

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.

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Ukraine: Protest Russian Federation Kerch Strait navigation restrictions

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.

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Ecuador: Crew of foreign vessel sentenced for possession and transport of protected species within marine reserve

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).

Dirección de Comunicación Ministerio del Ambiente

Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999: Dirección de Comunicación, Ministerio del Ambiente

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ISA: 23rd Session and draft regulations on exploitation

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.

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Norway: Arctic Sunrise removed from Songa Enabler safety zone

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.

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Conference: Catastrophe

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.

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Symposium: Global Environmental Law

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance shall host a symposium, entitled, Global Environmental Law4-5 September 2017, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK).

For more information and registration (before 18 August 2017), see here.

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