The ongoing dispute concerning the potential drilling activities of the Turkish drill ship ‘Fatih’ within the Eastern Mediterranean has triggered Cyprus to deposit with the United National Secretary General a list of geographical coordinates of points concerning the northern and north-western outer limits of the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf.
The maritime zone notification and geographical points were deposited on the 7 May 2019, as per UNCLOS, article 75(2) and article 84(2). Turkey claims the hydrocarbon exploration is within its rights under international law, while Cyprus, Greece and the EU have condemned any drilling by the vessel ‘Fatih’ as a violation of Cypriot rights. The USA refers to the area as ‘claimed’ by Cyprus and likely to raise tensions, while Egypt also raised concerns.
Utrecht University will host a summer school, entitled, Introduction to the International Law of the Sea, 15 July 2019 – 19 July 2019, in Utrecht (The Netherlands). Applications are open until 13 July 2019.
For more information, see the programme and registration page. Participants may also be interested in the Introduction to Public International Law (8 July 2019 – 12 July 2019) and the Law and Sustainability (26 August 2019 – 30 August 2019) summer courses.
On the 16 April 2019, Ukraine submitted a request to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for the prescription of provisional measures under UNCLOS, Article 290(5) in a dispute between Ukraine and the Russian Federation concerning the immunity of three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen on board.
For more information see Case No. 26 and the press releases of ITLOS, Ukraine MFA and Russia MFA.
The Faculty of Legal Studies at South Asian University shall host a conference, entitled, South Asia in the Era of International Courts and Tribunals, 28–29 February 2020, at South Asian University (New Delhi, India). The submission of abstracts is welcome until 30 June 2019.
For more information see the website and call for papers.
The Portuguese branch of the International Law Association shall host a regional ILA conference, entitled, The contribution of the case-law of international courts and tribunals to the development of international law, 19-20 September 2019, at the University of Minho Law School (Braga, Portugal). Topics include the contribution of ITLOS to the development of the law of the sea. Abstracts are welcome until the 15 June 2019.
For more information see here.
On the 10 April 2019, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its Judgment in The M/V “Norstar” Case (Panama v. Italy). The Tribunal found that Italy had violated UNCLOS, Article 87(1) (by 15 votes to 7), that UNCLOS, Article 87(2) was not applicable to the case (unanimously), and that Italy did not violate UNCLOS, Article 300 (20 votes to 2). ITLOS decided to award Panama compensation (with interest) for the loss of the M/V “Norstar” (15 votes to 7).
For more information, see the Judgement and furthermore the case page for numerous Declarations, Separation Opinions and a Joint Dissenting Opinion. As previously reported, incidental proceedings occurred in respect of Preliminary Objections.
The ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS, July 2019 – March 2020, to be held at the seat of ITLOS (Hamburg, Germany), is welcoming applications until 25 April 2019.
For more information see the flyer and website.