Monthly Archives: December 2019

Call for papers: The Future of International Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea

The Oceans and International Environmental Law Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the New Zealand Centre for Public Law are hosting a workshop entitled The Future of International Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea. Submissions of papers for this event are welcome until 20 January 2020. The event takes place on 16 – 17 April 2020, at Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand).

For further information see here.

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Vacancy: PhD scholarship at UNSW Sydney

The UNSW Sydney is offering a PhD scholarship for research in the Law of the Sea. This scholarship is available to participate in a project addressing the enhancement of maritime security through informal lawmaking. Preference will be given to proposals that have a multilateral or regional perspective rather than focusing on the law and policy of one particular country. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the issues being assessed are encouraged. Deadline for applications is 4 February 2020. More information is available here.

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Turkey/Libya: MoU on EEZ delimitation signed

Turkey and Libya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the delimitation of their exclusive economic zones.

The MFA of Greece considered (28 November 2019) that “the signing by Turkey and Libya of a memorandum of understanding cannot violate the sovereign rights of third countries” and that “such an action would be a flagrant violation of the International Law of the Sea and would produce no legal effect”. The Minister also noted that “between the two countries there is the large geographical mass of Crete”.

In response, the MFA of Turkey stated (1 December 2019) that “islands cannot have a cut-off effect on the coastal projection of Turkey” and that “the islands which lie on the wrong side of the median line between two mainlands cannot create maritime jurisdiction areas beyond their territorial waters and that the length and direction of the coasts should be taken into account in delineating maritime jurisdiction areas”.

Turkey had submitted earlier in the month (13 November 2019) to the UN a list of geographical coordinates, concerning the outer limits of Turkey’s continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, where Turkey exercises ipso facto and ab initio exclusive sovereign rights and jurisdiction stemming from international law (A/74/550).

Turkey has not signed the UNCLOS and has opposed the new international legal regime of islands during UNCLOS III in two occasions (160th meeting and 189th meeting).

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Rhodes Academy 2020

The twenty-fifth session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy will be held 28 June – 17 July 2020. The deadline to submit an application is 10 April 2020. For more information, fees and application documents please see here.

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Vacancy: CIL – Two Research Associate/Fellow Positions

The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore is currently advertising two research positions in its Ocean Law & Policy Programme. CIL is seeking applications from candidates with both an advanced degree in international law (PhD or LLM) and a demonstrable interest in the law of the sea, marine environmental law or the international regulation of shipping. Candidates with a particular interest in Southeast Asia and its regional institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. The closing date for applications is 20 January 2020.

For further details and to apply please see here.

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IGC President’s Revised Draft Text of A BBNJ Agreement

The President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has released an advanced version of the revised text, entitled, Revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction27 November 2019. This was requested at the closing of the third session and aims “to enable delegations to take stock and to facilitate further progress in the negotiations at the fourth session of the Conference”. The fourth session will take place in 2020.

For the revised draft text see here. An outline of changes made to the first draft text is available here.

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