Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

Conference: UNCLOS at 25 – Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?

The University of Edinburgh shall host a conference, entitled, UNCLOS at 25: Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?, 22 November 2019 at The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK).

For further information see here, registration here.

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Call for papers: Changes in international lawmaking – actors, processes, impact

The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, entitled, Changes in international lawmaking: actors, processes, impact, will be held 10-12 September 2020 at Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden). All agoras could be addressed from a law of the sea perspective, although of particular interest is Agora 1: The Order of the Oceans and Changes in Lawmaking. Abstracts are welcome until  31 January 2020.

The Law of the Sea Interest Group anticipates holding a workshop on the 9 September 2020. The IG usually posts a call for abstract on its website here.

For further information see the main conference website call for papers.

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Conference: What Role for the Private Sector on the High Seas within the BBNJ Process?

France, Nausicaá (French National Sea Centre) and the French Biodiversity Agency shall host a high-level workshop, entitled, What Role for the Private Sector on the High Seas within the BBNJ Process?, 18-19 November 2019, at Nausicaá National Sea Centre  (Boulogne-sur-mer, France).

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Fisheries after Brexit

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will host a conference, entitled, Fisheries after Brexit, 19 November 2019, at Volterra Fietta (London, UK).

For further information see here.

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Iceland/Norway/Denmark (The Faroe Islands): Three Maritime Delimitation Agreements Signed

On the 30 October 2019, three maritime delimitation agreements concerning the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the southern part of the “Banana Hole” (North Atlantic) were signed, between Norway and Iceland, Norway and Denmark/The Faroe Islands and Iceland and Denmark/The Faroe Islands respectively. The Delimitation Agreements will enter into force when both parties to the respective Agreements have ratified the Agreement.

For further information see the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danish). While the text of the Agreements is not yet published, it is stated by Norway to be in line with the previous 2006 Agreed Minutes where authors may also find a (preliminary and illustrative) 2006 map.

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Torremolinos Declaration and Torremolinos Statement on the 2012 Cape Town Agreement

On the 21 October 2019, during the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, forty-eight states signed the Torremolinos Declaration. The Torremolinos Declaration expresses their determination to take action to ensure the entry-into-force criteria of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety are met by the target date of 11 October 2022. The Declaration is open for signature until 21 October 2020.

On the 21 October 2019 the accessions of the Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principe to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement brings the total contracting parties to 13 states (not yet in force).

On the 23 October 2019 the Ministerial Conference adopted 2 resolutions, whereby Ministerial Conference Resolution 1 adopted the Torremolinos Statement on the Cape Town Agreement of 2012, relating to fishing vessel safety, and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. This encourages states to sign the Torremolinos Declaration and become party to the 2012 Cape Town Agreement and and the 1995 STCW-F Convention.

For more information see the IMO pages here and here.


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Conference: SEA of Solutions 2019

SEA circular will convene a conference, entitled, SEA of Solutions 2019: Partnership week for plastic pollution prevention, 11-14 November 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre (Bangkok, Thailand).

For further information see here and the draft programme.

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