The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique and the Institut Universitaire Mer et Littoral shall host a symposium entitled La pollution des océans par les plastiques. This event takes place 30 November 2020 at the Cité des Congrès (Nantes, France).
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March 2020 witnessed 3 further communications being submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) concerning the Partial Submission by Malaysia in the South China Sea. On the 6 March 2020, the Philippines submitted Communication dated 6 March 2020 (Philippines 1) responding to the previously reported Communication dated 12 December 2019 (China). The Philippines also submitted Communication dated 6 March 2020 (Philippines 2) responding to CLCS Submission by the Government of Malaysia. On the 23 March 2020 China submitted Communication dated 23 March 2020 (China) which responds to Philippines Communications 1 and 2.
Update (03/04/2020): On the 30 March 2020 Vietnam submitted Communication dated 30 March 2020 (Viet Nam), responding to China’s Communications, dated 12 December 2019 and 23 March 2020 respectively.
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.
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.
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.