Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

Conference: International Law Year in Review

The NUS Centre for International Law shall host its third International Law Year in Review Conference, 25 June 2021 (online). Registration is open until 15 June 2021. Sessions include ‘The Singapore / ITLOS: Model Agreement for the Provision of Facilities to ITLOS’; ‘Ocean and Climate Change’ and ‘Book Launch: Reflections on the Making of the Modern Law of the Sea by the late Ambassador Satya N Nandan’

For more information see here and the programme.

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CLCS: Iceland Partial Revised Submission

On 31 March 2021 Iceland submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf a Partial Revised Submission in respect of the western, southern and south-eastern parts of Reykjanes Ridge. This region also featured in Iceland’s 2009 Partial Submission in respect of the Ægir Basin Area and the Western and Southern Parts of Reykjanes Ridge, for which the CLCS adopted Recommendations in 2016. The 2021 Revised Partial Submission “is limited to Reykjanes Ridge, as the Icelandic Government agrees with the recommendations provided for the Ægir Basin Area” (Executive Summary).

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Webinars: Current Issues in the Law of the Sea

The Law of the Sea Interest Group of the European Society of International Law shall host a webinar series, entitled, Current Issues in the Law of the Sea, 13 May – 8 July 2021 (online). To register for the inaugural webinar, entitled, The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Recent Jurisprudence and Looking Forward, 13 May 2021, see here.

For further information and the full programme see here.

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Vacancies: Professor and Research Associate at World Maritime University

The World Maritime University (Sweden) is currently advertising two positions:

Professor, Marine Environmental Protection (Canadian Chair): Applications welcome until 15 May 2021 (position is open strictly to citizens of Canada).

Research Associate (ICAPFISH Project): Applications are welcome until 21 May 2021.

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Webinar: The Past and Future of Piracy

Nottingham Trent University shall host a webinar, entitled, The Past and Future of the International Law of High Seas Piracy, 4 June 2021 (online). For more information see here.

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Webinar: Sea-Level Rise and Challenges for International Law

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven shal host a Women in International Law Series, including, Sea-Level Rise and Challenges for International Law, 21 June 2021 (online).

For more information see here and here.

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Webinar: The regime of international straits

The School of Law (University of Essex) shall host its Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (summer term), including, The regime of international straits – freedoms, rights and obligations at stake, 17 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here. Further law of the sea discussions are in the agenda (3 June 2021).

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Courses: International Law of the Sea

The Singapore Cooperation Programme shall host an online course, entitled, International Law of the Sea, 14-18 June 2021. Nominations (mid- to senior-level government officials who deal with issues related to the Law of the Sea) from eligible countries are welcome until 17 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Peaceful Settlements of Disputes in the Oceans in the 21st Century

The Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law will host an e-conference, entitled, Peaceful Settlements of Disputes in the Oceans in the 21st Century, 8 June 2021 (online). For further information see here.

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Treaties: Escazú Agreement Enters into Force

On 22 April 2021 the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean entered into force (as per Article 22(1)). According to Article 2 “The objective of the present Agreement is to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development”. There are currently 12 Contracting Parties.

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Book Launch: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts

A launch event for the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts will be held 26 April 2021 (online). For more information and speakers see here.

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Call for Papers: International Law and Post-Pandemic Asia

The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law – Chinese (Taiwan) Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and the Centre for Commercial Law in Asia of the Singapore Management University (SMU) Yong Pung How School of Law shall host the 2021 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, themed, International Law and Post-Pandemic Asia: New Economic Challenges and Opportunities, 5-6 August 2021 (online). Papers proposals are welcome until 20 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?

The Institute for Security Studies shall host a webinar, entitled, Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) and the ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals shall host a colloquium, entitled, Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process, 27 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network shall host the first Virtual Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW), themed, Uncovering the Unknowns: Global cooperation to eliminate ‘the U’s’ in Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, 13-14 July 2021 (online). Abstracts from fisheries MCS practitioners are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region

The Stockton Center for International Law, in co-operation with The Japan Institute of International AffairsWorld Maritime University–Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation, shall host the 44th Annual Conference on Oceans Law & Policy, entitled, Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region, 10-12 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law & Governance

The Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University (Australia), The Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University (China), and The Environmental Studies Program, The University of Colorado Boulder (United States), shall host a conference, entitled, Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law and Governance, 6–8 July 2021. Abstracts are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: What are the root causes of maritime piracy?

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, What are the root causes of maritime piracy?, 29 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021

The European Commission in association with the European External Action Service shall host an event, entitled, EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021: Setting the Course for a Sustainable Blue Planet, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here (registration closes 19 April 2021).

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Webinar: Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas

The Chatham House Africa Programme shall host a webinar, entitled, Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas: Risks and Policy Options, 15 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Environmental Law and Governance

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law Governance shall host the IX Strathclyde Postgradate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, 2-3 June 2021 (online). Abstracts are welcome until 15 April 2021, while the organizers “encourage in particular presentations that touch upon climate change law and governance in the run up to COP 26 and on ocean law and governance topics linked to the One Ocean Hub“.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Interpreting Seaspiracy

Hakai Magazine shall host a webinar, entitled, Interpreting Seaspiracy, 8 April 2021 (online).

For more information see the Zoom or YouTube options.

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Webinar: Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters

The Department of Law at the University of Cyprus shall host a research seminar, entitled, Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters and International Law of the Sea: A Peculiar Relationship, 7 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Straits

The University of the Littoral Opal Coast (France) has issued a call for papers, entitled, Détroits (Straits): An interdisciplinary and international perspective, in anticipation of a symposium to be held 24-26 November 2021 in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France). Abstracts are welcome until 31 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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ITLOS: Amendment to the Rules of the Tribunal

On 25 March 2021, pursuant to the Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Article 16, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has amended the Rules of the Tribunal (2020 Edition), namely Articles 4-7, 11-13, 16, 19, 31, 36, 39, 42, 45, 76 and 136 (entered into force, 25 March 2021). ITLOS/Press 314 confirms the Rules were amended “with a view to rendering them gender inclusive”. Therefore, references to “he” are now preceded by “she or”, and references to “him” or “his” are now preceded by “her or”. Where possible, “he” is replaced by an office title, such as the President (Article 45) or the Registrar (Article 136). ITLOS does not however have competence to amend the references to he/his/him in the Statute (Article 41, amendments).

For more information see the Amendments (25 March 2021). Note, the differences in language require slightly difference amendments to the french text, Amendments (25 Mars 2021).

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ICJ: Non-Participation of Kenya during Somalia v. Kenya hearings

By letter dated 11 March 2021, the Agent of Kenya in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya) informed the ICJ that Kenya would not be participating in the hearings, including the reasons for its non-participation. Kenya requested “the opportunity to address the ICJ orally before the commencement of the hearings” and enclosed a 175 page ‘Position Paper’ “for consideration by the Judges even as the hearing proceeds without Kenya’s participation”. Somalia opposed both requests and the ICJ “[h]aving considered the views of the Parties, the Court decided not to grant either of the two requests made by Kenya”. Despite Kenya’s non-participation, hearings proceed on 15-24 March 2021 and the ICJ “has available to it the Counter-Memorial and Rejoinder filed by Kenya, as well as multiple volumes of materials that were produced by Kenya”.

For more information see the Verbatim record 2021/2.

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Webinar: The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Center for International Studies and Research (CERIC) shall host a webinar, entitled, The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law, 24 March 2021, online. The event of part of the 4th Monaco Ocean Week, held 22-28 March 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law

The Department of Law at University of Gothenburg shall host a conference, entitled, Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law: Risk and Technology in Perspective, 18 March 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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Virtual Symposium: The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre shall host a symposium, entitled, The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP, 18 March 2021, online. For more information see here and ReCAAP.

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Webinar: The Fisheries Act and Brexit

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries shall host a webinar, entitled, A New Era: The Fisheries Act and Brexit, 25 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration, see here.

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Webinars: Biodiversity Law and Governance Series

The Centre for Environmental Law (Macquarie University) shall host its first Biodiversity Law and Governance Webinar Series, entitled, Law & Nature Dialogues, February-June 2021, online. The inaugural lecture will be held on 22 February 2021, entitled, The evolution and challenges in China’s implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information see the Law & Nature Dialogues programme. Registration for the inaugural lecture may be found here.

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Webinar: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Launch of the report ‘Stronger together: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution’, 17 February 2021, online.

For more information see here, and the aforementioned report here.

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Seminar: 25th Anniversary of ITLOS

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host an event, entitled, Seminar on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), 25 February 2021, online (IBDMAR BILOS YouTube). The event will be in Portuguese.

For more information see here.

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UN HR Committee: Decision & Views concerning Communication No. 3043/2017 (A.S., D.I., O.I. and G.D.)

On the 27 January 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee decided two parallel proceedings, brought against Italy and Malta respectively, concerning their response to a vessel in distress in the Mediterranean Sea and the obligations of Italy and Malta under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The delayed action and failed search and rescue operation of 11 October 2013 were found to have contributed to the deaths of over 200 people estimated to be on board the vessel.

In CCPR/C/130/DR/3042/2017 the Committee considered that the individuals on the vessel in distress were subject to Italy’s jurisdiction for the purposes of the Covenant because ‘a special relationship of dependency had been established between the individuals on the vessel in distress and Italy’ (paras 7.1-7.8). Italy failed to demonstrate it met its due diligence obligations under Article 6(1) of the Covenant (paras. 8.1-8.5) and its duty to conduct a prompt investigation of the allegations relating to a violation of the rights to life under Article 6(1), read in conjunction with Article 2(3) of the Covenant (paras. 8.6-8.7). Three dissenting opinions were attached, namely by Yuval Shany, Christof Heyns and Photini Pazartzis; Andreas Zimmermann; and David Moore. Four concurring opinions were attached, namely by Gentian Zyberi; José Santos-Pais; Vasilka Sancin; and Hélène Tigroudja.

In CCPR/C/128/D/3043/2017 the Committee considered that Malta exercised effective control over the rescue operation as the vessel in distress was located in the Maltese Search and Rescue area (referring to UNCLOS, SAR Convention, and SOLAS) and Malta had formally accepted to assume the coordination of the rescue efforts (paras. 6.5-6.7). However, the authors of the communication failed to exhaust available domestic remedies, meaning the communication was inadmissible (paras. 6.8-6.9). Three dissention opinions were attached, namely by Andreas Zimmermann; Gentian Zyberi, Arif Bulkan and Duncan Muhumuza; and Hélène Tigroudja.

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IFLOS Summer Academy 2021

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) shall host the fourteenth session of the IFLOS Summer Academy, 1-27 August 2021, at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany). Applications are welcome until 30 April 2021.

For more information, see here.

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ITLOS – Nippon Foundation Capacity Building and Training Programme 2021-2022

The ITLOS – Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS19 July 2021 – 31 March 2022, to be held at the seat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany), is welcoming applications until 5 April 2021.

For more information see the flyer and website.

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Webinar: Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking

WWF and TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, shall host a webinar, entitled, Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking in Maritime Transport, 9 February 2021, online. For more information see here, registration here.

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Webinar: Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives

The Exeter Centre for International Law shall host a roundtable, entitled, Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives, 12 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Conference: World Ocean Summit

The Economist Group shall host its 8th World Ocean Summit, themed, Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy, 1-5 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Webinars: MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series

The MARIPOLDATA research project shall host a monthly series of webinars, entitled, MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series, January-June 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Webinar: Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty

Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) shall host their latest Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series event, entitled, Global Perspectives on Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty to Respond to Climate Change, 19 February 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Conference: IUU Fishing

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy (FIU) shall host a conference, entitled, IUU Fishing, 3 February 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea – Upholding the Rule of Law at Sea

The School of Law (University of Essex) shall host its Essex Public International Law Lecture Series, including, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea – Upholding the Rule of Law at Sea, 8 March 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Climate change and the law of the sea: A test for international law

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge) will host its Friday lecture series, including, Climate change and the law of the sea: A test for international law, 19 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: A Multi-Faceted Discipline and a Promising Field for Practitioners

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (UC Berkeley School of Law) shall host the 2021 Harry & Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law & Policy, entitled, The Law of the Sea: A Multi-Faceted Discipline and a Promising Field for Practitioners, 4 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Call for Posts: The future of maritime cybersecurity

The Center for International Maritime Security, in partnership with Cyber Nation Central, have issued a call for articles, entitled, Future of Maritime Cybersecurity. Submissions are welcome until 15 February 2021.

For more information see here.

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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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