Closing date for applications is 3 May 2020 for a doctoral fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). This fellowship is part of the interdisciplinary project Novel Marine Resources for Food Security and Food Safety (SECURE). The objective of the project is to develop knowledge enabling sustainable food security and safety by a multidisciplinary approach based on novel marine low trophic level resources, cardiometabolic health and legal framework. The position is for a period of four years. More information is available here.
Monthly Archives: March 2020
The Iranian Review for Law of the Sea and Maritime Policy has launched a call for papers. The journal is published bianually in English by the Imam Khomeini Maritime Sciences University and features articles in French in every volume. A wide range of topics within the wider Law of the Sea, Maritime Policy and Maritime Law and Regulation fields is welcome.
More information is available in the call.
The Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW), in cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and the United States Naval War College, shall host its 8th Conference on Operational Maritime Law, entitled, Great Powers at Sea, 5-8 October 2020, in Vilnius (Lithuania).
For more information see here.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford is currently advertising for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Legal Regulation for Sustainable Plastics, with applications welcome until 17th April 2020. The research associate will be supervised by Professor Catherine Redgwell.
For more information and to apply see here.
Arbitration: Award on Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation in Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights
On 21 February 2020 the Arbitral Tribunal (Annex VII of UNCLOS) in the Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation) issued its Award Concerning Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation. The Parties had 21 days to consider whether any part of the Award should be designated as containing “confidential information”, resulting in publication of the Award being delayed until 16 March 2020. The Arbitral Tribunal unanimously:
a) Upholds the Russian Federation’s objection that the Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction over Ukraine’s claims, to the extent that a ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal on the merits of Ukraine’s claims necessarily requires it to decide, directly or implicitly, on the sovereignty of either Party over Crimea;
b) Finds that the Russian Federation’s objection that the Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction over Ukraine’s claims concerning activities in the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait does not possess an exclusively preliminary character, and accordingly decides to reserve this matter for consideration and decision in the proceedings on the merits;
c) Rejects the other objections of the Russian Federation to its jurisdiction;
d) Requests Ukraine to file a revised version of its Memorial, which shall take full account of the scope of, and limits to, the Arbitral Tribunal’s jurisdiction as determined in the present Award;
e) Decides that each Party shall bear its own costs. [Award, para. 492]
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation already responded to the Award on the 21 February 2020 and 22 February 2020, respectively. Both signal that they will participate in the next phase of the proceedings on the merits.
Deadline for applications to the Course in Ocean Governance for Africa is 19 April 2020 with the International Ocean Institute. The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from countries within the African region. The course outline includes the study of the governance framework, governance tools and governance in action in specific sectors. The course will be delivered in Cape Town (South Africa) between 7 September 2020 and 2 October 2020. The brochure and further information is available here.
Deadline for submission of papers (in French) is 1 June 2020 with the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC) and the Institut du droit économique de la mer (INDEMER) to a colloquium entitled Conflits d’usages en mer et droit de l’Union européenne (Conflicting uses of the sea and EU law). The event is set to happen 19-20 November 2020 at Aix-Marseille Université (France). More information is available here.
The Embassy of Japan in Greece, Panteion University, the University of Piraeus and the Institute of International Relations shall host a seminar, entitled, The Role of the Law of the Sea for Dispute Settlement, 16 March 2020 at the Institute of International Relations (Athens, Greece).
For more information see here.
Closing date for applications is 20 March 2020 with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra (Australia) for a PhD scholarship on international law and technological change in relation to the use of Marine Autonomous Vehicles in the deep seabed mining regime being developed at the International Seabed Authority. The PhD research will form part of the Australian Research Council funded project “Improving International Law Regulation of Maritime Autonomous Vessels” (DP200102091). The candidate is expected to work with the Maritime Security Research Group. More information is available here.
Application deadline is 17 April 2020 with the University of Eastern Finland for the Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements. This two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy features the study of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) among other instruments mentioned in the course programme. The course will take place 17-27 August 2020 at Joensuu, Finland, and is organized together with the the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). More information is available here.
The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University), the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) and the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) shall host the 13th Polar Law Symposium, themed, The Rule of Law in the Polar Regions, 23-25 November 2020 at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 31 March 2020.