Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

FAO: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018

The FAO published its The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018, 9 July 2018. SOFIA reports provide a “comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated policy issues” (FAO). Notably, in 2015 fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels decreased to 66.9%, whilst stocks fished at biologically unsustainable levels increased to 33.1%. Among the FAO’s statistical areas, the Mediterranean and Black Sea had the highest percentage of unsustainable stocks, at 62.2%.

For further information, see the full report, or SOFIA 2018: in brief. Other languages are available here.

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ICJ: Revision and Interpretation requests for Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh case discontinued

In letters dated 29 May 2018, the ICJ informed Malaysia and Singapore that the Court had placed on record the discontinuance, by agreement of the Parties, two interrelated cases initiated by Malaysia in 2017. This concerns both, the Application for revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore), and the Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore).

For more information, see the press statements of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of Singapore’s Pedra Branca International Court of Justice Committee.

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EU: Commission proposes directive on single-use plastic products and fishing gear

The European Commission published its Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, 28 May 2018. The directive would apply to single-use plastic products listed in the Annex and to fishing gear containing plastic (art. 2). In general, see pp. 4-5 and 8 for the position of the proposal within wider fisheries, plastic marine litter, marine pollution and oceans governance law and policy of the EU. Preamble, para. 4 addresses the multilateral framework.

For more information, see the press release and further information on fishing gear.

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Conference: From Strasbourg to Hamburg – the human dimension of the Law of the Sea

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Law Faculty of the University of Basel shall host a panel-discussion, entitled, From Strasbourg to Hamburg: the Human Dimension of the Law of the Sea, on the 11 June 2018 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (The Hague, Netherlands).

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Les droits de l’Homme et la Mer

The annual conference of the Fondation René Cassin, entitled, Les droits de l’Homme et la Mer, will be held 24 – 25 May 2018, at Le Mans Université (Le Mans, France).

For more information see the programme, and registration here.

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Conference: High seas – what’s at stake?

The High Seas Alliance and its partners shall host a conference, entitled, La Haute Mer: Quels Enjeux?/High Seas: What’s at Stake?, 21 June 2018, at the Maison des Océans (Paris, France). The event will have simultaneous translation in French and English.

For the programme and registration, see here.

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Conference: Presente e futuro delle aree oltre la giurisdizione nazionale – aspetti sostanziali e procedurali

The Interest Group on the Law of the Sea of the Italian Society of International Law and European Union Law (SIDI) shall host a panel discussion, entitled, Presente e futuro delle aree oltre la giurisdizione nazionale: aspetti sostanziali e procedurali, 6 June 2018, at the University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy).

For more information, see the programme.

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