Monthly Archives: March 2018

Conference: The ocean’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance shall host a roundtable, entitled, The Ocean’s Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals1st May 2018, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). This event is part of the 2018 Festival of Environmental Law and Governance.

For more information and registration see here. A further One Ocean Hub workshop may be of interest, but is invitation only. To express interest, see here.

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Conference: 6th China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium 2018

The China-Nordic Research Center (CNARC) is organizing the another China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium, following previous years experience. The event will take place in Tromsø, Norway on 23-25 May 2018. The theme of this year’s edition is “Integrated Ocean Management in the Arctic”, focusing on overarching issues such as knowledge building, governance challenges, and science-governance interplay. The event will be comprised of three sessions, one on Fisheries Management in Arctic Waters, one on Marine Pollution, and one on Climate Change, Maritime Governance and Sustainability in the Arctic. More information about this event is available here.

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Netherlands: court finds criminal liability for export of ships as waste under EC Regulation 1013/2006

The Rotterdam District Court has condemned a shipping company for the illegal export of ships for scrapping. A set of related decisions dated 15 March 2018 has led to the company Seatrade being fined, and to a temporary professional ban issued against two of its executives. The Dutch public prosecutor considered as facts the sales of ships for demolition in India, Bangladesh and Turkey in 2012. One of the justifications for these decisions has been that the “harmful consequences of scrapping ships on the beaches of India and Bangladesh, in particular for the environment and health, are far-reaching.” (translated from the Dutch: “De schadelijke gevolgen van het slopen van schepen op de stranden van met name India en Bangladesh voor milieu en gezondheid, zijn verstrekkend”). These decisions were taken on the basis of Regulation (EC) Nr. 1013/2006 on the shipment of waste, which prohibits EU member-states from exporting hazardous waste to countries outside the OECD. The court interpreted Recital 35 of that Regulation, which states that “[i]t is necessary to ensure the safe and environmentally sound management of ship dismantling in order to protect human health and the environment” as encompassing ships of all flags fall under its scope. The cases may be found in the list below:

ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2108 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 994550-15
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2215 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 997501-13
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2216 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 997504-13
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2217 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 994552-15
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2218 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 997503-13
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2345 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 994551-15
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2348 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 994548-15
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2364 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 994549-15
ECLI: NL: RBROT: 2018: 2390 Court of Rotterdam, 15-03-2018, 10 / 997506-13

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ITLOS – Nippon Foundation Capacity Building and Training Programme 2018-2019

The ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS, July 2018 – March 2019, to be held at ITLOS (Hamburg, Germany), is now open for applicants until 20 April 2018.

For more information see the flyer and website.

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Summer Institute: Arctic Law, Science & Policy

The Arctic Futures Institute of the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law of the University of Maine School of Law has announced the Arctic Summer Institute 2018. The theme of this year’s Summer Institute is Arctic Law, Science and Policy. The goal of the course is to provide students with the inter-disciplinary knowledge base and the tools to practically and responsibly participate in Arctic affairs. Course topics will include: Arctic Science; Law of the Sea; Maritime Shipping; Geographic Information Systems; Maritime History; Indigenous Peoples; North Atlantic Trade; Governance and Environmental Regulation; Geopolitics/Maritime Security and Arctic Public Engagement. The course is set to occur on June 18-22, 2018 in Portland, Maine (USA). Registration deadline is May 15, 2018. More information can be found here.

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Summer School: Air, space and telecommunication law & law of sea

The Istanbul Center of International Law (ICIL) shall host the 2nd Edition of its Summer Academies of International Law (SAIL)16-28 July 2018, at Istanbul Zaim University (Istanbul, Turkey). Week 1 will address “Air and Space Law”, whilst week 2 covers “Law of Sea”. You may apply to either individual week, or the whole program. Applications  are accepted until 31 May 2018.

For more information, see here and the application form.

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Call for papers: Ocean Yearbook student prize 2018

The Ocean Yearbook annual competition for students writing research papers on “marine affairs” is open to submissions until 13 May 2018. The Student Prize 2018 will include publication in a subsequent issue of the Ocean Yearbook. A definition of maritime affairs is included in the call.

For more information on eligibility and submissions, see here.

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