Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

2022 Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy

The 2022 session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy has been scheduled for 3-22 July 2022. The deadline to submit an application is 29 April 2022. For more information, fees and application documents please see here. The Academy has a small number of extremely competitive scholarships available that are offered based on high academic merit and financial need.

Furthermore, see the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award sponsored by The International Cable Protection Committee the winner of which is awarded a full scholarship to the Rhodes Academy. Information on the 2022 Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Writing Award is not yet available.

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Eritrea: Written Notice of IOTC Agreement Withdrawal

On 5 January 2022, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Secretariat issued IOTC Circular 2022-01, which includes a Communication (dated, 3 January 2022) from the the Government of the State of Eritrea on its intention to withdraw “its membership in the IOTC indefinitely as of the beginning of the year 2022”. Eritrea states it has “neither been an active member of the organisation nor did it honoured its financial obligations during the last 20 some years due to unfair, unfounded and unjustified sanctions imposed upon it”. Article XXI(1) of the IOTC Agreement provides that “Withdrawal shall become effective at the end of the calendar year following that in which the notice of withdrawal has been received by the Director- General” (i.e., 2023, unless the Commission makes a determination under Article IV(4)).

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The Day of Crisis Competition 2022

The Hague Academy of International Law will host the student competition, Day of Crisis, 29-30 April 2022, in the Hague (The Netherlands). Registration closes 20 January 2022. According to the Intelligence Briefing No 1 of 2021, “themes are related to activities of espionage, fisheries and other maritime activities, causes and consequences of climate change, international investment, and arbitration”. for more information see here.

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Webinar: The Conundrum for International Law of Rising Sea Levels

The School of Law (University of Essex) shall host its Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (Spring Term), including, The Conundrum for International Law of Rising Sea Levels17 January 2022 (online).

For more information and registration see here.

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Call for Papers: International Law & Climate Change

The International Law Association British Branch Annual Spring Conference, themed, International Law and Climate Change, will be held 29 April 2022 in a hybrid format (University of Surrey/Online). The panel on the Impacts of Rising Sea Level on Migration and Statehood, or suggested topics such as emission trading schemes, could be relevant to law of the sea submissions. Abstracts are welcome until 1 February 2022. For more information see the call for papers.

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UNGA: Annual Resolutions Adopted on Law of the Sea & Sustainable Fisheries

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two resolutions on the 9 December 2021Resolution 76/72: Oceans and the law of the sea and Resolution 76/71: Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments.

Argentina stressed that certain recommendations contained in Resolution 76/72 cannot be considered as applying to states not parties to the 1994 Implementing Agreement, while Turkey voted against adoption, considering Turkey’s consistent objection to the view that UNCLOS has a “universal and unified character” (131 in favour to 1 against (Turkey) with 4 abstentions (Colombia, El Salvador, Nigeria, Venezuela)). Colombia, El Savador and Venezuela also distanced themselves from the universal nature of UNCLOS as non-parties to UNCLOS. Resolution 76/71 was adopted by consensus without a vote. Discussions (2) leading up to adoption include the position of state representatives on numerous topics, with the impacts of sea-level rise, plastic pollution, the South China Sea and discharges in the Fukushima area arising on several occasions.

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Conference: Climate Change, Maritime Law & Ocean Governance

The Hong Kong Commercial and Maritime Law Centre (City University of Hong Kong) shall host a conference, entitled, Climate Change, Maritime Law and Ocean Governance: Foreseeable Conflicts and Legal Remedies, 27-28 January 2022, Online (Zoom). For more information see the programme and registration.

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Call for Papers: Italia e diritto del mare

The SIDI – Gruppo d’Interesse sul Diritto del Mare will host a conference, entitled, Italia e diritto del mare, 29 April 2022, at the Università di Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy). Abstracts are welcome until 10 February 2022. For more information see the call.

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Course: Law of the Sea & Climate Change

The Singapore Cooperation Programme shall host an online course, entitled, Law of the Sea and Climate Change, 7-11 February 2022. Nominations (mid- to senior-level government officials working in port and maritime-related roles) from eligible countries are welcome until 10 January 2022.

For more information see here.

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ITLOS: The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria), Order 2021/6

Concerning The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria), on 29 December 2021, as per the request of Switzerland to which Nigeria had no objection, the President of the Tribunal in accordance with Article 105 of the Rules of the Tribunal:

Places on record the discontinuance, by agreement of the Parties, of the proceedings initiated on 17 December 2019 by Switzerland and Nigeria; and

Orders that the case be removed from the List of cases

Order 2021/6 of 29 December 2021.

As previously reported, in May 2021 Switzerland and Nigeria concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing for the immediate release of the M/T “San Padre Pio” vessel and the eventual discontinuance of The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria) proceedings, under Paragraph 4 of the MoU, “from the moment that the M/T ‘San Padre Pio’ enters the high seas, or the territorial sea or Exclusive Economic Zone of another State”. As per the letters submitted to the Tribunal in December 2021 by the Agent of Switzerland and the Agent of Nigeria, respectively, on 10 December 2021, the M/T San Padre Pio was released, departed the maritime zones of Nigeria and entered the exclusive economic zone of Bénin (Order 2021/6 paras 11-14). Finally, Paragraphs 5-6 of the MoU are quoted as providing that:

For the sake of clarity, upon the discontinuance of these proceedings, the Provisional Measures Order dated 6th July, 2019, made in: The M/T ‘San Padre Pio’ case (Switzerland/Nigeria) (Case No. 27) will cease to have effect

This agreement constitutes a full and final settlement of the matter relating to the MIT ‘San Padre Pio’ between the Parties

Order 2021/6 para 15

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Webinar: UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System & ITLOS

The CIL Singapore Academy of International Law (CIL eAcademy) 2021 shall host a guest lecture, entitled, UNCLOS Dispute Settlement System & the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), 8 December 2021, Online (Facebook). To watch, see here at 16:00 SGT.

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Symposium: The Rights and Obligations of States in Disputed Maritime Areas

To mark the publication of Youri van Logchem, The Rights and Obligations of States in Disputed Maritime Areas (Cambridge University Press 2021), the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law and Cambridge University Press shall host a Virtual Book Symposium, 12 January 2022, online. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: Regional Legal Advisor at International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is currently advertising for a Regional Legal Advisor on Maritime Issues, focusing on the Asia Pacific region and to be based in Bangkok (Thailand). Applications are welcome until 9 January 2022. For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Exploring Various Legal Methods for Sustainable Development

The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law will host its 13th Annual Conference, themed, Exploring Various Legal Methods for Sustainable Development: Theoretical and Practical Contributions from Asia, 9 July 2022, in a hybrid format at Yokohama National University (Yokohama, Japan). Paper proposals, including on the law of the sea, are welcome until 28 February 2022. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: Legal Consultant for the International Seabed Authority

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is seeking a Legal Consultant (January 2022-July 2023) to “identify, prepare, review and revise the phase two standards and guidelines for activities in the international seabed area (the Area) and provide advice for the finalization of the Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area”. Proposals are welcome until 4 December 2021. For more information see here and here.

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Conference: Beyond the Crisis – Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development

The Faculty of Law at Nelson Mandela University will host the 5th Law and Development Research Network Conference, entitled, Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Development, 24 – 26 November 2021, Online. Numerous panels are organised under the sub-theme, the law of the sea and development. For more information see here and the programme.

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Webinar: The Ocean and Small Island Developing States

The Institute of International and European Affairs shall host a webinar in its 2021 Development Matters lecture series, entitled, The Ocean and Small Island Developing States, 16 November 2021, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Vacancies: ICJ Judicial Fellowship Programme 2022-2023

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is currently seeking applications for the 2022-2023 Judicial Fellowship Programme of the International Court of Justice. Normally up to 15 applicants are accepted per year for the full-time (10 month) Judicial Fellow positions. Submissions are welcome until 13 February 2022, but only from nominating universities and not individuals. For more information see here. To see the cases currently pending before the ICJ, including numerous law of the sea cases, see here.

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Conference: The Straits of Malacca

The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) will organise the 10th MIMA International Conference on the Straits of Malacca 2021, entitled, Straits of Malacca: Safety, Security, Economy, Environmental Protection & Global Interruption in Maritime Trade, 25 November 2021, in a hybrid format (Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur/Online). For more information see here.

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Conference: V Congresso do Instituto Brasileiro de Direito do Mar

The Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host its V Congress of the Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea on the 11-12 November 2021, online. For more information see the programme and here.

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Book Launch: The Research Handbook on Ocean Acidification Law and Policy

The Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations, together with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute of Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, and the University of Sydney, shall host a panel discussion, themed, Climate Change and the Ocean at COP 26/CMA 3, 8 November 2021, online (Zoom), to celebrate the launch of The Research Handbook on Ocean Acidification Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, 2021). For more information see here.

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Antigua and Barbuda/Tuvalu: Accord to Establish Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change & International Law

On 1 November 2021, Prime Minister Gaston Browne (Antigua and Barbuda) and Prime Minister Kausea Natano (Tuvalu) announced the signing of an Accord on 31 October 2021 which establishes a Commission of Small Island Developing States on Climate Change and International Law. The Commission is open to all small island states globally to join. During the Press Conference, the founding members signalled that the Accord authorises the Commission to request an advisory opinion from ITLOS concerning climate change, sea-level rise, protection of the marine environment and international responsibilities. The exact strategy, including potential questions to be put before ITLOS, are to be developed by the Commission. On the advisory opinion jurisdiction of ITLOS, see Articles 16 and 21 of the Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Annex VI of UNCLOS); Article 138 of the Rules of the Tribunal; and the SRFC Advisory Opinion.

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8th Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea

The Korea Maritime Institute is hosting the 8th Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea6-15 December 2021, online. Applications are welcome until 21 November 2021. Applicants should be from countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients by OECD and no fees apply.

For more information see the brochure and here.

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Call for Abstracts: Women in the Law of the Sea

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) shall host a Women in the Law of the Sea Conference, themed, Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of UNCLOS, in March-June 2022 (dates to be confirmed). Abstracts are welcome until 11 February 2022, with the conference intended to primarily hear from women legal experts working in the field of the law of the sea. For more information see here and here.

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ITLOS: Junior Professional Officer Programme

As of 30 September 2021, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has established a Junior Professional Officer Programme for young professionals to serve in the Tribunal’s Registry, including the Legal Office. The Guidelines concerning the Junior Professional Officer Programme of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will govern the programme, which includes the necessity of concluding a memoranda of understanding between the Tribunal and a participating (sponsoring) State for the recruitment of Junior Professional Officer(s) (see Model MoU).

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Call for Applicants: 13th South China Sea International Conference Young Leaders Program

The Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam is seeking applicants for the Young Leaders Program 2021 under the framework of the 13th South China Sea International Conference, themed, Looking Back to a Brighter Future, 17-20 November 2021, with a follow-up phase until 15 December 2021. Applications are welcome until 11 November 2021. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: Legal Advisor to FFA

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is advertising for a full-time Legal Advisor, to be based in Honiara (Solomon Islands). Applications close 8 November 2021. For more information see here.

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Vacancies: Four Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Fellowships

The Malaysia Institute of Australian National University has announced four DFAT-funded Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Visiting Research Fellowships, to begin January 2022 and address “research on key maritime issues of interest to Australia, Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region”. This includes two Malaysian-based Fellows (to be hosted virtually by an Australian Institution) and two Australian-based Fellows (to be hosted virtually by a Malaysian institution). Applications are welcome until 30 October 2021. For more information and to apply see here.

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Symposium: Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific – Upholding the Rule of Law

The Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) and the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia will host a symposium, entitled, Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: Upholding the Rule of Law, 8-10 November 2021, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Webinar: Le implicazioni dell’innalzamento del livello del mare sul diritto internazionale

The Interdepartmental Research Center on the Adriatic and the Mediterranean of the University of Macerata (CiRAM) will host a webinar, entitled, Le implicazioni dell’innalzamento del livello del mare sul diritto internazionale/Les implications de l’elevation du niveau de la mer pour le droit international, 12 November 2021, online (Blackboard Collaborate). For more information see here and the programme.

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Webinars: Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships & UNCLOS

The NUS Centre for International Law is hosting a series of webinars on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the first webinar, entitled, MASS and the Marine Environment, will take place 27 October 2021, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Call for Evidence: UNCLOS – fit for purpose in the 21st century?

The International Relations and Defence Committee of the UK Parliament is undertaking an inquiry into the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), entitled, UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?, including a call for written evidence concerning a series of questions posed by the Committee. Written evidence at this stage is welcome until 12 November 2021. The first oral evidence session will also take place 20 October 2021 and may be watched online.

For more information see the call for evidence.

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Guest Lecture: The Dispute Settlement Regime in UNCLOS

The NUS Centre for International Law eAcademy 2021 shall host a guest lecture, entitled, The Dispute Settlement Regime in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 20 October 2021, Online (Facebook). For more information see here.

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Moot Court: NILOS Moot Court Competition 2022

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) has announced the third edition of the NILOS Moot Court Competition, with the international rounds scheduled to take place from 9-13 May 2022, online. The Competition Case is expected to be published 15 October 2021 and team registration (free of charge) is open until 15 December 2021. Registration for judges is expected to open soon.

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OSPAR: Designation of North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area

On 1 October 2021, OSPAR held a hybrid ministerial meeting hosted by the Government of Portugal (postponed from June 2020 due to the pandemic), the outcomes of which included a legally binding OSPAR Decision to establish the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area (NACES MPA). The NACES MPA (595,196 square km) is established in the high seas and seeks to protect a vitally important area for seabirds. For more information see here and here.

For other developments at OSPAR Ministerial 2021, including the adoption of the North-East Altantic Environment Strategy 2030, see here.

Source: OSPAR Commission, NACES MPA

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Conference: Irregular Migrations in Europe – A Perspective from the Sea Basins

The Jean Monnet Network on Migration and Asylum Policies Systems shall host a conference, entitled, Irregular Migrations in Europe: A Perspective from the Sea Basins, 22 October 2021, in a hybrid format (MS Teams/University of A Coruña, Spain). For more information see here.

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Conference: 14th Polar Law Symposium

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University, Japan), Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri, Iceland), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland, Finland) and the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) shall co-host the 14th Polar Law Symposium 2021, themed, The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law, 21-23 November 2021, in a hybrid format (Online/Kobe University, Japan). For more information see the provisional program and registration.

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Basel Winter Arbitration School

Arbitration Lab will host the Basel Winter Arbitration School, 6-11 February 2022, at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel (Switzerland). The curriculum includes UNCLOS arbitration. Applications are welcome until 15 November 2021. For more information see here.

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Webinar: Responsibility to the International Community for Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

The Cambridge International Law JournalLauterpacht Centre for International Law Annual Lecture 2020-2021, entitled, Responsibility to the International Community for Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction, will be held 29 October 2021, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Calls: In/Ex-clusiveness of International Law

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) is hosting its 17th Annual Conference, themed, In/Ex-clusiveness of International Law, 1-3 September 2022, at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The main conference will be preceded by various workshops organised by the Society’s Interest Groups, 31 August-1 September 2022. Abstracts are welcome until 31 January 2022. For more information see here.

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World Maritime Day 2021

This year’s World Maritime Day, themed, Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future, will include various webinars on 30 September 2021. IMO shall host a webinar, entitled, Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future; UNCTAD and ITF shall host a webinar, entitled, The Crewing Crisis: Seafarers concerns in times of the pandemic and beyond; and AIS Forum shall host a webinar, entitled, Connecting Maritime Governance with the Achievement of the SDGs in Archipelagic and Island States.

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AOSIS: Leaders’ Declaration 2021

On 22 September 2021 the Alliance of Small Islands (AOSIS), during a virtual AOSIS Leaders’ Summit, endorsed The Alliance of Small Islands Leaders’ Declaration 2021. The Leaders’ Declaration focuses on climate change, sustainable development and the ocean. This includes recognising states’ ocean-related responsibilities (preamble), the existing impacts of climate change on SIDS (para. 3), concerns over GHG emissions from shipping and the need for action (para. 15), the BBNJ Agreement process (paras. 39-40), fixed baselines and outer limits of maritime zones – once given due publicity (para. 41), marine plastic pollution –and more generally the need for a new legally binding global agreement on plastic pollution– (paras. 42-43) and enhancing technology transfer, scientific knowledge and recognition of traditional knowledge (para. 44).

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Calls: International Law and Technological Progress

The University of Aberdeen will host a conference, entitled, International Law and Technological Progress Conference 2022, 23-24 June 2022, in a hybrid format. Several law of the sea topics are included in the call, and one could envisage further suitable topics. Abstracts are welcome until 20 December 2021. For more information see here.

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Ecuador: Preliminary Information submission to CLCS

On 20 September 2021 Ecuador submitted, in respect of three regions, its Preliminary information indicative of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). For more information see here.

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Webinar: The Ever-Expanding Remit of UNCLOS Tribunals

Rajah & Tann LLP, Fietta LLP, Duxton Hill Chambers, David Grief International Consultancy and the University of Sydney shall host a webinar, entitled, The Ever-Expanding Remit of UNCLOS Tribunals, 6 October 2021, via Zoom. for more information see here.

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Webinar: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

The  University of Trento, Faculty of Law shall host a webinar, entitled, Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise: Legal Consequences from the Law of the Sea, Statehood and Affected Persons Perspectives, 1 October 2021, via Zoom. For more information see here and the programme.

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Webinars: MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series (Sept 21 – Jan 22)

The previously reported monthly webinars, MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series, hosted by the MARIPOLDATA research project, has released their programme for September 2021 – January 2022. The next event, entitled, Deep-Sea Mining and the International Seabed Authority: Recent Developments, key outstanding issues and contrasting narratives is scheduled for 29 September 2021. For more information see here.

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Webinar: Reconceptualizing the “Spaces” of International Law

Independent International Legal Advocates (IILA), together with the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Seminar at UCLA Law and the International Arbitration Group of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, will host a seminar, entitled, Reconceptualizing the “Spaces” of International Law, 28 September 2021, via Zoom. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: PhD Scholarship at the University of New South Wales

The Maritime Security Research Group in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra is currently advertising a PhD candidate position, including scholarship, entitled, Small States and Climate Change Litigation under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Application are welcome until 15 October 2021. For more information and how to apply see here.

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Webinar: Science before International Tribunals – Deference of Distrust?

The Università di Milano and the Federal University of Minas Gerais shall host a webinar, entitled, Science before International Tribunals: Deference of Distrust?, 1 October 2021, via MS Teams. For more information see the programme and registration.

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