Author Archives: A. N. Honniball

PIF: Declaration on Preserving Maritime Zones

On 6 August 2021 the leaders at the Fifty-First Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) made a declaration entitled, Declaration on Preserving Maritime Zones in the Face of Climate Change-related Sea-Level Rise. The declaration recalls the principles of legal stability, security, certainty, predictability, equity, fairness, justice and good faith that underpin UNCLOS and their relevance in the interpretation and application of UNCLOS in the context of sea-level rise and climate change.

The PIF leaders:

Affirm that the Convention imposes no affirmative obligation to keep baselines and outer limits of maritime zones under review nor to update charts or lists of geographical coordinates once deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Record the position of Members of the Pacific Islands Forum that maintaining maritime zones established in accordance with the Convention, and rights and entitlements that flow from them, notwithstanding climate change-related sea-level rise, is supported by both the Convention and the legal principles underpinning it,
Declare that once having, in accordance with the Convention, established and notified our maritime zones to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, we intend to maintain these zones without reduction, notwithstanding climate change-related sea-level rise,
Further declare that we do not intend to review and update the baselines and outer limits of our maritime zones as a consequence of climate change-related sea-level rise, and
Proclaim that our maritime zones, as established and notified to the Secretary-General of the United Nations in accordance with the Convention, and the rights and entitlements that flow from them, shall continue to apply, without reduction, notwithstanding any physical changes connected to climate change-related sea-level rise.

PIF, Declaration on Preserving Maritime Zones in the Face of Climate Change-related Sea-Level Rise (6 Aug 2021)

For more information see here.

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UNSC: Presidential Statement on Maritime Security

On 9 August 2021 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issued a Statement by the President of the Security Council, first presented by the Prime Minister of India, acknowledging an array of maritime safety and security concerns, as well as affirming the international legal instruments applicable or desirable in combating illicit activities at sea. Collaboration, cooperation and capacity development were highlighted. For more information see UN Doc. S/PRST/2021/15 and the press release.

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is currently advertising a position within the Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) programme, entitled, SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in regulatory and governance challenges related to ocean sustainability. Applications are welcome until 31st October 2021. For more information see here.

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Workshop: Global Ocean Governance in the New Era

The Xiamen University Center for Oceans Law and the China Seas and the China Institute for Marine Affairs, Ministry of Natural Resources, will host an international training workshop, entitled, Global Ocean Governance in the New Era, 13-17 September 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: Re-Imagining International Organisations and Ecosystem of International Law Series

The Centre for the Study of United Nations (O.P. Jindal Global University) and the Jindal Society of International Law shall host two lecture series during the fall semester. The first series, entitled, Re-Imagining International Organisations, will occur 4 August 2021 – 24 November 2021, online. The second series, entitled, Exploring the Ecosystem of International Law, will occur 6 August 2021 – 30 November 2021, online.

For more information see the programme (Re-Imagining International Organisations) and (Ecosystem of International Law) and the website.

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Call for Papers: The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars will host a hybrid workshop, entitled, The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law, 29 November 2021. Abstracts are welcome until 24 September 2021.

For more information see the website and call.

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Summer School: EU LoS 2021

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host the seventh edition of the EULoS Summer School, European Union and the Law of the Sea30 August – 10 September 2021, in a hybrid format: online and in Genoa, Italy. Applications are welcome on a rolling basis.

For more information see the EULoS website.

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Symposium: The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under UNCLOS

The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) will host a symposium, entitled, Does the Exception Swallow the Rule? The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under Part XV of UNCLOS, 26 August 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Moot Court: III ITLOS Competition of BILOS – Judges

As previously announced, the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR/BILOS) will hold the III International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition, November 8-10 2021, online. In addition to the call for teams, BILOS has issued a call for judges.

For more information see here.

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E-Course: Law of the Sea

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host the next edition of their short course, entitled, Law of the Sea, 22 September-20 October 2021, online. 3 scholarships are available at BIICL.

For more information see here.

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Call for abstracts: The Global Antarctic

The 2021 biennial academic conference of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) under the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), themed, The Global Antarctic, will be held 18-19 November 2021 in a hybrid format (online and at the Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC), Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 2 August 2021.

For more information see here and the call for abstracts.

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Webinars: Eleventh Annual South China Sea Conference

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shall host a monthly webinar series, entitled, Eleventh Annual South China Sea Conference, with Session One being held 30 July 2021.

For more information see here, and registration for Session One here.

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Vacancy: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Applications are welcome until 24 August 2021 for the position of PhD Fellow in Law at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø, Norway). The four year position is based within the project, entitled, Developing good ocean governance of the Arctic in times of unpredictable and rapid changes.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions

The first ILA (Australia) monthly lunch-time panel showcasing early career scholarship, entitled, Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions, will be held 22 July 2021, online. Speakers will address the Ramsar Convention and the protection of the marine environment.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Stuck in a Strait – The Ever Given conundrum

Twenty Essex shall host a webinar, entitled, Stuck in a Strait: The Ever Given conundrum, 22 July 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Netherlands/Dominican Republic: Maritime Delimitation Agreement

On 5 July 2021 The Netherlands and Dominican Republic signed the Agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic concerning Maritime Delimitation in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) concerning their maritime entitlements in the Caribbean region. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic (MIREX) [unofficial translation] “the delimitation of all maritime zones was drawn on the basis of the equidistance and will be the geodesic line formed by the points identified by their geographical coordinates expressed in the reference system World geodetic system of 1984”.

For more information see the MIREX Press Release (2).

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E-Course: Alternative Resolutions to Maritime Boundary Disputes

The Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong shall host the 2021 CIL-ANCORS e-Training Course on Alternative Resolutions to Maritime Boundary Disputes, 20-24 September 2021, online (Zoom).

This course is organized in conjunction with the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) and enjoys the support of the US Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. A certain number of places will be reserved for participants from the EAMF countries, and sponsorships are available for a limited number of participants from some of the EAMF countries.

For more information see here.

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Call for Posts: Emerging Technologies

The Center for International Maritime Security, in partnership with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Naval Warfare Studies Institute have issued a call for articles, entitled, Emerging Technologies. Submissions are welcome until 26 July 2021.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: China in the Maritime Pacific

The Maritime Security Research Group and Asia-Pacific Development and Security Research Group of UNSW Canberra shall host a workshop, entitled, China in the Maritime Pacific, 26-29 July 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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ISA: Nauru requests ISA Council to Complete Adoption of Exploitation Regulations

Through a letter dated 25 June 2021, Nauru exercised its rights under Section 1(15)(a) of the 1994 Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS to request that the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) complete the adoption of the rules, regulations and procedures necessary to facilitate the approval of plans of work for exploitation in the Area. Nauru informed the ISA that a Nauruan entity sponsored by Nauru intends to apply for approval of a plan of work for exploitation in the Area in two years.

According to Section 1(15)(b), following such a request “the Council shall, in accordance with article 162, paragraph 2(o), of the Convention, complete the adoption of such rules, regulations and procedures within two years of the request”. Furthermore, Section 1(15)(c) provides “If the Council has not completed the elaboration of the rules, regulations and procedures relating to exploitation within the prescribed time and an application for approval of a plan of work for exploitation is pending, it shall none the less consider and provisionally approve such plan of work based on the provisions of the Convention and any rules, regulations and procedures that the Council may have adopted provisionally, or on the basis of the norms contained in the Convention and the terms and principles contained in this Annex as well as the principle of non-discrimination among contractors”.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Distant Water Fishing Fleets – Challenges to Indonesia’s Maritime Security

The Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative shall host a webinar, entitled, Distant Water Fishing Fleets: Challenges to Indonesia’s Maritime Security, 6 July 2021, online. For more information and registration see here and the announcement.

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Call for Papers: 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. The submission of papers is welcome until 15 August 2021.

For further information see here.

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Conference: The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea

The MERCO Project will host a conference, entitled, The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea: theoretical and practical challenges, 24-25 June 2021, at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (Lyon, France). Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to gaetan.balan@univ-lyon3.fr. For more information see here.

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India: Supreme Court Disposes of the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident Related Proceedings

The Indian Supreme Court, by Order of 15 June 2021 in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No 20370 of 2012: Massimilano Latorre and Ors vs Union of India and Ors, quashed the criminal proceedings against the Italian marines involved in the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident and disposed of all related pending matters before the court (Order, Paragraph 7). As per The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(3), the Arbitral Tribunal had decided “India must take the necessary steps to cease to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the Marines”. Likewise, in respect of The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(6)(b) concerning compensation due by Italy, Italy and India “agreed to the amount of INR 100,000,000 (INR 100 million) to be paid by Italy as total compensation under all the four heads of compensable loss identified by the Arbitral Tribunal’s award” (Order, Paragraph 3). Finally, concerning Italy’s commitment to resume its criminal investigation, expressed during the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) proceedings, “Italy will resume its criminal investigation in the events of 15.02.2012 and that both India and Italy will cooperate with each other in pursuit of that investigation” (Order, Paragraph 3).

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Webinar: The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road

The University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the University of Macerata (Italy) will host a webinar, entitled, The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road, 15 July 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: CIL Research Associate or Fellow

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) is accepting applications for the position of Research Associate/Fellow (Oceans Law and Policy Programme), with a closing date of 31 July 2021. For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: 2021 Polar Law Symposium

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University), the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) and the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) shall host the 14th Polar Law Symposium, themed, The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law21-23 November 2021, in a hybrid format of online and at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 2 August 2021.

for further information see the call for abstracts and the website.

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Webinar: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award

The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (Swansea University), supported by the European Society of International Law, will host a webinar, entitled, Flag State Jurisdiction, Incidental Jurisdiction, and the Protection of Merchant Vessels: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award, 30 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network: Time to Rethink?, 6 July 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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UN World Oceans Day 2021

The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (Office of Legal Affairs) shall coordinate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2021, themed, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, 8 June 2021, online. For more information see here. A wide variety of further events occur throughout the week, see here.

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2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea

The Korea Maritime Institute is hosting the 2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea, 5-14 July 2021, online. Applications are welcome until 20 June 2021. Applicants should be from countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients by OECD and no fees apply.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy

City University of London shall host a workshop, entitled, Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy, 8 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Ocean and Climate Challenges – Seeking Sustainable Solutions

The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute shall host a webinar, entitled, Ocean and Climate Challenges: Seeking Sustainable Solutions, 8 June 2021 (online). The event will include a book launch for Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges – Essays in Honour of David Freestone.

For more information see here.

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Kadir Has International Law of the Sea Summer Academy

Kadir Has University shall host an International Law of the Sea Summer Academy, 28 June-9 July 2021, online. Early bird admission (reduced fees) is available until 14 April 2021.

For more information see the syllabus and admission.

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Switzerland/Nigeria: M/T “San Padre Pio” Release Agreement

On 20 May 2021 the Nigerian minister of justice and the Swiss ambassador in Nigeria signed a memorandum of understanding providing for the immediate release of the M/T “San Padre Pio” vessel, a vessel detained in January 2018 in Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. According to the Press Release, “Once the vessel has been able to leave Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone, the legal proceeding pending before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg can be terminated.” Therefore, upon successful implementation of the MoU, The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria) currently before ITLOS will be terminated (see previous reporting).

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Webinar: IUU Fishing – Challenges & Solutions

The Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies (INADIS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: Challenges and Solutions, 22 May 2021, online. For more information see here.

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WTO: Fisheries Subsidies Draft Negotiating Text

On 11 May 2021 the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations introduced the Fisheries Subsidies: Draft Consolidated Chair Text ahead of the 15 July 2021 meeting of ministers. Weekly thematic meetings to assist in finalizing a text will start 24 May 2021.

For further information see the Chair’s explanatory note accompanying the new fisheries subsidies draft negotiating text and WTO press release.

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Webinar: UNCLOS as a Living Instrument

The IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) shall host a series of webinars during its IUCN-WCEL Environment Week, including, United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as a Living Instrument: Solutions for the 21st Century, 3 June 2021, online.

To register see here. For further events of interest in the IUCN-WCEL Environment Week see here.

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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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