Closing date 13 December 2020 to apply for a doctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). NCLOS seeks candidates for one PhD position on either of these themes: law of the sea and space, ocean commons, sovereignty at sea and governance models. The primary objective of NCLOS is to assess how and to what extent the law of the sea and ocean governance foster or can foster resilient and sustainable oceans in light of the challenges to the oceans and the legal framework. The objective is to be addressed through analysing several hypotheses, including the contentions that the logic of sovereignty and common interests and the governance of oceans commons both need reassessment. This fellowship appointment is for a period of four years. More information is available here.
Monthly Archives: October 2020
The World Maritime University (WMU)’s Journal of Maritime Affairs is launching a call for papers (CFP) entitled Beyond COVID-19: The Future of Maritime Transport. This special issue will focus on insights on maritime safety and security issues, the socio-economic and political impact of the crisis across the maritime sector, and in general the future of maritime transport beyond COVID-19. It will try to uncover measures and practices adopted as a reaction to the pandemic with a view to examining their success, extract lessons for future scenarios, identify gaps in COVID-19 response, and enhance the resilience of the maritime sector. The CFP adds that a variety of issues and topics can be examined in this special issue from the perspectives of how to restore, enhance and adjust the existing maritime legal framework to the situation created by the pandemic, how political approaches to global trade and business models are evolving in view of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and how UN SDGs can be advanced in this uncertain scenario. The CFP can be found here; the deadline for full paper submission is 30 November 2020.
Bangladesh has lodged an amended submission on the limits of its outer continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal to the United Nations (22 October 2020). The original submission to the CLCS was made on 25 February 2011. Subsequently, the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh with Myanmar and India were delimited in 2012 and 2014, through international adjudication process. The amended submission has been made to reflect the successful outcomes of those international processes. The press release from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations is available here. The submission, as received by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, is available here.
On 30 September 2020 the Framework Agreement on Fisheries between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of Norway was signed in London by representatives of the UK and Norway. On 19 October 2020 the Framework Fisheries Agreement was laid before the UK Parliament and published. The Framework Fisheries Agreement provides for annual negotiations on the exchanges of quota and access to waters (Arts. 3-4), as well as collaboration on control and enforcement measures (Art. 6), the licensing of vessels (Art. 5) and scientific research (Art. 1(h)). The Framework Fisheries Agreement recognizes the importance of zonal attachment as a principle of international fisheries management (preamble).
The Framework Fisheries Agreement applies to the EEZ (Art. 2) (or variations thereof) and, subject to domestic ratification, will enter into force 1 January 2021 (Art. 11). The Agreement applies to metropolitan UK only. According to the UK Government, it represents the first fisheries agreement for the UK ‘as an independent coastal state in 40 years’. Separate trilateral discussions will still be needed to establish trilateral governance arrangements for North Sea stocks (UK, Norway and the EU).
Closing date for applications is 21 February 2021 for two Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Wollongong (Australia).
The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Studies Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies, a program of study that will encourage the generation of solutions to problems relating to maritime law and policy.
The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Master of Maritime Policy to analyse the legal, political and operational factors that contribute to the development of the law of the sea and maritime policy, with the aim of devising solutions to gaps in legal and policy frameworks.
More information is available here.
The American Branch of The International Law Association shall host the International Law Weekend 2020, themed, International Law in Challenging Times, 22-24 October 2020, online. Law of the sea sessions include Climate Change and the Law of the Sea; Submarine Cables and Pipelines under International Law: The Ongoing Work of the ABILA Committee on Law of the Sea and Arbitration of Human Rights at Sea: Giving International Law Teeth by Empowering Victims to Enforce it.
For more information see here.
On 9 October 2020 the West of Scotland Marine Protected Area Order 2020, a Scottish Ministerial Order, entered into force, creating the largest MPA located in national waters within the North-East Atlantic. Features of the former Rosemary Bank Seamount MPA are now protected within the West of Scotland MPA.
For more information see here.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will host a virtual meeting, entitled, Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, 29 October 2020 from 12:00 (ICT).
For more information and registration see here.
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) shall host its Seminar Series 2020-21, including, among others, Environmental Rights in Marine Spaces (13 November 2020) and Environmental Impact Assessment in the BBNJ negotiations (15 January 2021).
For more information on all the seminars see here.