Monthly Archives: October 2017

Seminar: Geo-political and legal development post PCA award on South China Sea dispute

The Faculty of Law of the Universitas Indonesia will be hosting a seminar entitled “Geo-Political and Legal Development Post Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Award on South China Sea Dispute”. The event will take place on 31 October 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The program is available here. Details about the venue and registration can be found here.

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WTO: Compliance report US — Tuna II (Mexico)

On the 26 October 2017, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued the compliance panel report on the revised US “dolphin-safe” tuna labeling measure, arising from DS381: United States — Measures Concerning the Importation, Marketing and Sale of Tuna and Tuna Products. The 2016 Tuna Measures (USA) was found consistent with the requirements set forth in Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement and justified under Article XX of the GATT 1994.

For more information see the WTO news item here, and case summary page here.

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Australia: Queensland introduces mandatory trackers for fishing vessels

The new Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy (2017-2027) will require licensed fishing charter operators to have vessel tracking by 2020, with a priority to install units on net, line and crab commercial fishing vessels by the end of 2018. As a consequence of this measure, commercial fishing vessels in that Australian state will have to be fitted with GPS tracking devices in order to monitor the sustainability of fish stocks. More information is available here.

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Call for papers: Focus on – good governance, consumer policy and intellectual property rights

CSEIA, the Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom), ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law and the ASIL Interest Group on Intellectual Property Law, shall organize a conference, entitled, Health, Environment and Risk Regulation. Focus on: Good Governance, Consumer Policy and Intellectual Property Rights, 4 December 2017, held at the University of Parma (Italy). Applications may be submitted until 10 November 2017.

For more information, see the call for papers here.

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EU: Commission warns Vietnam over insufficient action to fight illegal fishing

The European Commission is has warned Vietnam about the risk of it being identified as a non-cooperating country. The decision highlights that Vietnam is not doing enough to fight illegal fishing. It identifies shortcomings, such as the lack of an effective sanctioning system to deter IUU fishing activities and a lack of action to address illegal fishing activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels in waters of neighbouring countries, including Pacific Small Island Developing States. Furthermore, the EC argues that Vietnam has a poor system to control landings of fish that is processed locally before being exported to international markets, including the EU. More information is available here.

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Conference: Adapting law of the sea to address the challenges of climate change

The NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) shall host a conference, entitled, Adapting Law of the Sea to Address the Challenges of Climate Change, 13-14 March 2018, venue TBC (Singapore).

For more information and draft programme see here.

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PCA: Timor-Leste and Australia reach agreement on maritime boundary treaty

Through a series of confidential meetings with a Conciliation Commission in The Hague, Timor-Leste and Australia have reached agreement on the complete text of a draft treaty which delimits the maritime boundary between them in the Timor Sea. This draft treaty also addresses the legal status of the Greater Sunrise gas field, the establishment of a Special Regime for Greater Sunrise, a pathway to the development of the resource, and the sharing of the resulting revenue. The Parties will now pursue their domestic approval processes in order to proceed with the signing of the Treaty. More information on this treaty is available here.

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