Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

ITLOS: The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures Order

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has delivered its Order of 6 July 2019 in respect of Case No. 27, The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional MeasuresThe Tribunal concluded that prima facie the UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunal would have jurisdiction over the submitted dispute. The Tribunal prescribed various provisional measures under Article 290(5) of UNCLOS.

For an overview see the press release. Two Declarations, one Joint Declaration, three Separate Opinions and four Dissenting Opinions were appended to the Order of 6 July 2019, available here.

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IGC President’s Draft Text of A BBNJ Agreement

The President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has released an advanced version of the text, entitled, Draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, 25 June 2019. This was produced in response to a request during the second session of the IGC. Its aim is “to facilitate further progress in the negotiations”.

For the draft text, see here.

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Conference: Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea

Dalian Law School, The Development Of International Law In Asia-Korea (DILA-Korea) and the Korea Institute Of Ocean Science And Technology (KIOST) shall cohost two back-to-back conferences, entitled, Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea and Transboundary Fisheries Management, 27-29 June 2019, in Dalian, China.

For more information see here.

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Summer School: EULoS 2019

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host the fifth edition of the EULoS Summer School, European Union and the Law of the Sea, 26 August – 6 September 2019, in Genoa, Italy. Applications are welcome until 2 August 2019.

For more information see the EULoS website.

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Moot Court: ITLOS – Underwater Historical and Cultural Heritage

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR), with the support of Dom Helder, shall host their first ITLOS moot court competition, Republic of Disali Vs. Kingdom of Brismania, 26-27 November 2019, at Dom Helder (Belo Horizonte, Brazil). Registration is open until 10 August 2019.

For more information please see here.

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Canada: Partial Submission to CLCS on Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf (Arctic Ocean)

In accordance with Article 76(8) of UNCLOS, Canada has on 23 May 2019 made a partial submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) regarding its continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. The submission will be included in the provisional agenda of the fifty-second session of the CLCS.

For further information and an executive summary see here and the press release. This follows the 11 April 2019 partial submission of Indonesia in respect of an area North of Papua (Eauripik Rise) and the 26 March 2019 partial submission of Mauritius concerning the Southern Chagos Archipelago region.

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ITLOS: Case concerning the detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has delivered its Order of 25 May 2019 in respect of Case No. 26, Case concerning the detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures. The Tribunal concluded that prima facie the UNCLOS Annex VII arbitral tribunal would have jurisdiction over the submitted dispute. The Tribunal prescribed various provisional measures under Article 290(5) of UNCLOS.

For an overview see the press release. Two Declarations, three Separate Opinions and one Dissenting Opinion were appended to the Order of 25 May 2019, available here. Ukraine and Russia have both responded through their respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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