Monthly Archives: January 2021

Conference: Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit

Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway, Panama, Spain & Sweden shall host the Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit, 26 – 27 January 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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UK/EU: Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The Trade And Cooperation Agreement Between The European Union and The European Atomic Energy Community, of the One Part, and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the Other Part was agreed among UK and EU negotiators on 24 December 2020 and has been provisionally applied as of 1 January 2021 (pending ratification by the EU). The Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides the framework of UK-EU relations in numerous areas of oceans policy, such as international maritime transport (2.1.2), sustainable development, such as trade and sustainable management of marine biological resources and aquaculture, or greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures at the IMO (2.1.11), fisheries (2.5) and offshore renewable energy in the North Sea (2.1.8).

For more information see the UK summary and European Commission summary. See further the UK’s implementing legislation, the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020.

Concerning Gibraltar, the Government of Gibraltar announced on 31 December 2020 that it had reached an in principle agreement with the UK and Spain for a proposed framework for a UK-EU Agreement on Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU.

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Call for Papers: What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?

The Asian Society of International Law shall host its 8th Biennial Conference and PhD Students Workshop, entitled, What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?, 20-29 May 2021, online. The law of the sea is a key topic for discussion, but numerous other proposed topics are directly relevant to the law of the sea and its institutions. Abstracts are welcome until 15 February 2021.

For more information see here.

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Call for Input: Special Rapporteur’s HRC Report 2021 (Migrant Pushback Practices)

The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, has issued a call for input, entitled, Report on pushback practices and their impact on the human rights of migrants. This explicitly includes the pushback of migrants at sea. Submissions from Member States, civil society, academia, National Human Rights Institutions and other stakeholders is welcome until 1 February 2021. Input will be used to inform the Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report to the 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

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Rhodes Academy 2021 & Submarine Cables Writing Award

The twenty-fifth session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy has been rescheduled to 4-23 July 2021. The deadline to submit an application is 12 April 2021. For more information, fees and application documents please see here.

Furthermore, see the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award sponsored by The International Cable Protection Committee which is welcoming submissions until 1 April 2021.

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Vacancy: lectureship at Queen Mary University of London

The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) is looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law. The selected applicant will be required to teach in the areas of shipping law. This includes ability to teach in Law of the Sea and Navigational Freedoms and Practice. Closing date for applications is 6 February 2021. More information is available here.

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Vacancy: Internship at the Institute for Sustainable Development & International Relations

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is currently advertising a 6-month paid internship (35 hrs/week, January-June 2021) to support IDDRI’s Ocean Team research on ocean governance and marine conservation. Depending on the health situation, the intern will work from home and/or at IDDRI’s offices (Paris, France). Applications are welcome until 22 January 2021.

For more information and to apply see here.

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Webinar: Treasures of the Deep – Life and Rocks

Whale Wise, in cooperation with the Changing Oceans Research Group (University of Edinburgh) and the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative shall host a webinar on deep-sea mining, entitled, Treasures of the Deep: Life and Rocks, 12 January 2021 from 17:00 (GMT), online.

For more information see here and here.

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ILO: Amendments of 2018 to The Maritime Labour Convention Enter Into Force

The Amendments of 2018 to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, adopted 5 June 2018, entered into force 26 December 2020 (see further the status of acceptance by parties). The amendments provide that parties shall require that a seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA) shall continue to have effect while a seafarer is held captive on or off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or armed robbery against ships (ARAS), including the continued benefit of wages and other entitlements under the SEA. Piracy is defined in the MLC Amendments of 2018 by reference to the UNCLOS definition of piracy (see Articles 101-103 of UNCLOS). The definition of ARAS in the MLC Amendments of 2018 follows the previous precedents found in IMO documents (IMO Assembly Resolution A.1025(26), Annex, Paragraph 2.2) and regional treaties (Article 1(2) of Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia).

For an example of domestic implementation of the MLC Amendments of 2018 see Singapore’s Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Amendment) Act 2020.

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