The Stockton Center for International Law (SCIL) at the U.S. Naval War College is partnering with the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) to launch the latest Call for Articles of Project Trident to solicit writing on the law of naval warfare and its evolving impact on the future of international maritime security. Deadline is 17 May 2021. Further details to be found here.
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On 31 March 2021, the Russian Federation submitted two addenda to the executive summary of the partial revised Submission in respect of the Arctic Ocean. The two addenda, concern: (i) Gakkel Ridge, Nansen and Amundsen Basins, and (ii) Lomonosov Ridge, Alpha Ridge, Mendeleev Rise, Amundsen and Makarov Basins, and the Canadian Basin, respectively. For more information see CLCS.1.REV.2015.LOS.Add1 (Continental Shelf Notification).
The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR/BILOS) announced its III International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition. The Moot Court event will be held remotely (online) on November 8-10 2021. The keywords of the III ITLOS Moot Court Competition hypothetical case are: Small Island Developing States, fisheries access agreement, traditional fishing rights, pollution from land-based sources, pollution from vessels, plastics and waste management. More information is available here.
The Faculty of Law at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), with the support of the Japanese Government, is hosting a seminar series on current issues in the law of the sea. Topics discussed include IUU Fishing, BBNJ, environmental sustainability, and the rule of law at sea. Speakers come from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Pacific. This event takes place on 28-29 April 2021. For more information on the program and registration see here.
The Centre for Maritime Law (CML) at the National University of Singapore is inviting applications from suitable candidates, who are at the beginning of their professional careers, to conduct research and to participate in the work of the centre. Depending on qualifications, background and expertise, suitable applicants will be appointed as a Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Fellow, or Senior Research Fellow.
Applications are invited from those with interests in any branch of commercial maritime or shipping law or admiralty law or marine insurance law, including the international sale of goods carried by sea, maritime conflict of laws, maritime dispute resolution (including maritime arbitration, especially in Asia), and offshore oil and gas law. A demonstrated passion for contemporary research on maritime law (such as autonomous shipping, the impact of COVID–19 on the maritime sector, ship finance in the 21st century, and decarbonisation and the shipping industry) may be an advantage. The closing date for the receipt of applications and references is 30 April 2021. Further information can be found here.
The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law (WSI) at the University of Kiel (Germany) seeks a postdoctoral research associate for an interdisciplinary third-party funded project on marine carbon dioxide removal and relating synthesis of knowledge (ASMASYS). This is a three year position, starting August 2021. Deadline for applicants is 17 May 2021. More details can be found here.
The Chinese Society for the Law of the Sea is organizing another edition of its International Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition. This year it will be hosted by the Wuhan University China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and it is scheduled to take place on 23-24 October 2021 in Wuhan, China. This competition simulates proceedings under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Court of Justice or an Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal. Registration deadline is 20 May 2021. More information is available here.
The University of Gothenburg is hosting a conference entitled Bioprospecting, Biodiversity and Novel Uses of Marine Resources – New approaches in international law. This conference aims to enable a discussion among legal academics on the implications for international law of these novel uses of marine resources in four thematic areas: 1) governance perspectives, 2) areas beyond national jurisdiction, 3) contracts, information and genetic resources, and 4) regional perspectives. This event is set to happen online, 30 March 2021. More information is available here.
Closing date is 1 May 2021 with the Center for International Law and Governance (CILG) at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), for a 3-year postdoctoral position on international climate change law and maritime transport. The position is part of the research project International Law-Making: Actors in Shipping and Climate Change (InterAct). InterAct aims to provide an account of the actors involved in the international law-making processes addressing climate change impacts of shipping, elucidating about their role and the incentives, barriers, interactions and synergies for sustainable shipping. Specifically, InterAct focuses on market-based measures and the energy transition for international maritime transport, and the regulation of shipping in the Arctic. More information on this postodoctoral position is available here.
Proceedings were instituted (5 March 2021) before the International Court of Justice by way of a Special Agreement between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was signed in 2016 and entered into force in March 2020. In the Special Agreement, the Parties request the Court “to determine whether the legal titles, treaties and international conventions invoked by the Parties have the force of law in the relations between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in so far as they concern the delimitation of their common maritime and land boundaries and sovereignty over the islands of Mbanié/Mbañe, Cocotiers/Cocoteros and Conga”. Further information here.
CNA is hosting a virtual conference entitled High Seas Resources, Ocean Security, and the Great Powers. This will be a discussion about the legally binding instrument on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) currently under negotiation at the UN and its security implications. The event takes place on 24 March 2021. More information available in this flyer and in this announcement.
Closing date for applications is 21 March 2021 with the Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the World Maritime University (Sweden). The three-year research project aims to develop practical solutions to the challenges posed by marine debris, Sargassum and marine spatial planning (MSP) in the region and to the member states of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean (OECS). More information is available here.
The World Bank’s Blue Economy Program PROBLUE is organizing the Ocean Governance Capacity Building Program. This workshop shall be held online and is tailored for the Pacific Ocean region; similar online courses are being planned for East Africa and West Africa, as well as possibly Latin America and the Caribbean. The objective of the training program is to enhance the capacity of government officials, staff of partner organizations, and other stakeholders on ocean governance by providing training on international law related to oceans and the legal framework for the blue economy, including relevant regional conventions.
This online course provides an introduction to global ocean governance, including a primer on public international law related to the oceans and the international legal framework for the blue economy. It is centered on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments addressing fisheries, marine pollution, conservation and biodiversity, climate change, maritime transport and shipping, marine scientific research, and activities in the Area, among other topics.
Deadline for submitting applications is 8 March 2021. Further information is available here.
The United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is hosting a seminar entitled Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for Ocean Sustainability.
The objective of this webinar is to raise awareness of the importance of the science-policy interface for ocean governance at all levels, showcase links between the science-policy interface and society including ocean users, and reinforce the understanding of the role of citizen science, as well as traditional, indigenous and local knowledge in strengthening the science-policy interface. This event takes place on 1 March 2021. Pre-registrationa and programme can be found here.
Closing date for expressions of interest and applications is 14 May 2021 with the University of Tasmania (Australia) for a PhD position on governance solutions to plastic pollution in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This project examines the plastic pollution problem in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions, the current governance measures for dealing with plastic pollution through the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), and other broader global governance arrangements. The candidate will investigate the effectiveness of the global governance systems in place that address plastic pollution. More information is available here.
The University of Ankara (Turkey) informs that candidates may apply to the “Türkiye Scholarship Program” for DEHUKAM Master’s (LLM) / PhD Program in the Sea and Maritime Law. This program offers scholarships to students from all over the world to study in Turkey. Closing date for applications is 20 February 2021. More information is available here; the brochure of the program is available here.
The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is hosting its 11th People & the Sea Conference. This year’s edition has the theme “Limits to Blue Growth?” and aims to contribute to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats is 12 February 2021. More information on the various conference streams can be found here.
The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) shall host a Webinar Series entitled Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law. In this seminar series, the BIICL will look at rising sea levels as a global problem and the legal issues arising from it from the lens of international law and climate justice.
The schedule goes as follows: Webinar 1: Rising Sea Levels & International Law: The role of the International Law Commission (ILC) (3 March 2021); Webinar 2: Rising Sea Levels: A Matter for the ICJ? (11 March 2021); Webinar 3: Rising Sea Levels: Climate Displacement as a Human Right Violation (17 March 2021); Webinar 4: Rising Sea Levels: Climate Change Litigation before Domestic Courts (24 March 2021). Registration is open here.
The Federal Parliament of Belgium adopted (16 January 2021) Resolution 55 1687 on deep seabed mining. This resolution requests the Belgium Government to 1) support fundamental scientific research and data collection for further knowledge of the deep sea and for the protection of existing marine ecosystems, and 2) to continue to respect environmental legislation and the precautionary principle when developing possible exploitation rules for deep-sea mining to preserve the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. Resolution 55 1687 may be found here (in French and Dutch).
The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) formed to deal with the Dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives) delivered on 28 January 2021 its Judgment on the Preliminary Objections raised by the Maldives. The Special Chamber concluded that “it has jurisdiction to adjudicate upon the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the Parties in the Indian Ocean and that the claim submitted by Mauritius in this regard is admissible” (paragraph 351). For further information see here.
The Stockton Center for International Law (SCIL) at U.S. Naval War College is hosting an online seminar entitled The Ongoing Dispute between Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea. The panelists will explore the current legal perspectives of the maritime dispute between Ukraine and Russia, borne out of an incident in November 2018 in which Russia challenged Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov and freedom of navigation through the Kerch Strait. The panel will also examine the ongoing Permanent Court of Arbitration case filed by Ukraine against Russia in 2016, and the potential implications for coastal state rights under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The event is set to happen on 10 February 2021. Further information and access instructions is found here or here.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) is looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law. The selected applicant will be required to teach in the areas of shipping law. This includes ability to teach in Law of the Sea and Navigational Freedoms and Practice. Closing date for applications is 6 February 2021. More information is available here.
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) reports that on 16 December 2020 the Republic of Costa Rica and the Republic of Ecuador jointly submitted information on the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured in the Panama Basin. According to the submitting States, this is a partial submission. The consideration of the joint submission will be included in the provisional agenda of the fifty-fourth session of the CLCS. Upon completion of the consideration of the submission, the CLCS shall make recommendations. More information is available here.
United Kingdom charity Human Rights at Sea is recruiting New Members for its Board of Trustees. The role is for experienced and professional Trustees, which shall fill the remaining posts on the Board in preparation for international work in 2021 and beyond. The selected applicant is expected to be an “active ambassador” to the cause of defending human rights at sea. This is a pro bono role. More information is available here.
The Institute of International Legal Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP-IILS) accepts submissions of papers for the Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Research on Naval Warfare or on IHL and Law of the Sea is explicitly accepted. In order to qualify for submission, an article must either be authored by someone from, or based in, the Asia-Pacific region or, alternatively, be about the Asia-Pacific region. The deadline is 10 January 2021. More information is available here.
The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the waters around its Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha (13 November 2020). This MPA is set to become the largest fully protected marine reserve in the Atlantic Ocean, at 687,000 square kilometres. The research leading to this declaration was supported by the UK’s Blue Belt Programme. More information is available here.
Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare (ASCOMARE) launched a call for papers for Volume I (“Law of the Sea and Definitions”) of its Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS). Contributions are sought in respect of articles examining the content and legal scope of undefined terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related instruments. The call also appreciates papers assessing the historical and evolutionary meaning of such terms against the backdrop of State practices and international case-law. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 January 2021. More information is available here.
The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) at the University of Southampton (UK) seeks to recruit up to 3 future-looking visionary researchers with strong interests in the oceans and the desire and ability to undertake multidisciplinary research. Law is one of the possible fields for applicants. This is for a full time fixed term (2 years) position. Deadline for applications is 27 November 2020. More information is available here.
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is hosting a webinar entitled “Strengthening Monitoring control and surveillance through a High Seas Treaty”. The event takes place 17 November 2020. Simultaneous Spanish-English interpretation will be available. Registration is open here.
The Government of Norway submit a proposal (6 November 2020) to ban ships from using heavy fuel oil (HFO) near Svalbard archipelago. The Ministry of Climate and the Environment aims to legislate a requirement for fuel for motor traffic at sea in the entire territorial waters of Svalbard. The provision is designed as a ban on using or having on board other petroleum-based fuel than natural gas and marine gas oil. A more detailed definition of natural gas and marine gas oil is proposed to be included in regulations on motor traffic on Svalbard. The proposal includes a transition period of two years for general cargo traffic to Longyearbyen and Barentsburg. The need for transitional arrangements will be reassessed after the ongoing consultation stage (see here, deadline 6 February 2021). More information is available here (in Norwegian).
The Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar (CEDMAR) of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) is hosting the 5th Brazilian Congress on the Law of the Sea. The overarching theme of this event is “transdisciplinarity” and it will take place online on 26 – 28 November 2020 (in Portuguese). Registration is open here.
The CSHIPP – Clean Shipping Project Platform is hosting a webinar on international clean shipping policies. The webinar focuses on the impacts of the selected policies, the assessment of the technology-based options available for the shipping sector to comply with their targets, as well as the options of the international community to enforce the legislation in a way that ensures compliance, and the benefits of these environmental measures for air quality, water quality, and climate, including human health and well-being. The agenda of this event is available here. This event takes place on 27 of November 2020. Registration is open here.
Matrix Chambers and Fietta LLP are hosting an interdisciplinary panel discussion about marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction and recent developments. The panel will examine some of the key themes up for debate in the ongoing fourth session of the Intergovernmental Conference dedicated to the negotiation of a legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. This event takes place on 18 November 2020, and registration form is open here.
The House Natural Resources Committee of the United States House of Representatives has introduced on 20 October 2020 the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act (OBSCA). Bill text of the OBSCA can be viewed here, a section-by-section summary is here, and a fact sheet on the bill can be viewed here. Among other measures, the OBSCA establishes monitoring, reporting, and verification requirements of greenhouse gas emissions applicable “to all vessels of 5,000 gross tons or more calling at, leaving, or transiting between, or at berth at, ports in the United States, regardless of flag” (sections 1401-1402). More information on OBSCA is available here and here.
Closing date 13 December 2020 to apply for a doctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). NCLOS seeks candidates for one PhD position on either of these themes: law of the sea and space, ocean commons, sovereignty at sea and governance models. The primary objective of NCLOS is to assess how and to what extent the law of the sea and ocean governance foster or can foster resilient and sustainable oceans in light of the challenges to the oceans and the legal framework. The objective is to be addressed through analysing several hypotheses, including the contentions that the logic of sovereignty and common interests and the governance of oceans commons both need reassessment. This fellowship appointment is for a period of four years. More information is available here.
The World Maritime University (WMU)’s Journal of Maritime Affairs is launching a call for papers (CFP) entitled Beyond COVID-19: The Future of Maritime Transport. This special issue will focus on insights on maritime safety and security issues, the socio-economic and political impact of the crisis across the maritime sector, and in general the future of maritime transport beyond COVID-19. It will try to uncover measures and practices adopted as a reaction to the pandemic with a view to examining their success, extract lessons for future scenarios, identify gaps in COVID-19 response, and enhance the resilience of the maritime sector. The CFP adds that a variety of issues and topics can be examined in this special issue from the perspectives of how to restore, enhance and adjust the existing maritime legal framework to the situation created by the pandemic, how political approaches to global trade and business models are evolving in view of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and how UN SDGs can be advanced in this uncertain scenario. The CFP can be found here; the deadline for full paper submission is 30 November 2020.
Bangladesh has lodged an amended submission on the limits of its outer continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal to the United Nations (22 October 2020). The original submission to the CLCS was made on 25 February 2011. Subsequently, the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh with Myanmar and India were delimited in 2012 and 2014, through international adjudication process. The amended submission has been made to reflect the successful outcomes of those international processes. The press release from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations is available here. The submission, as received by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, is available here.
Closing date for applications is 21 February 2021 for two Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarships at the University of Wollongong (Australia).
The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Studies Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies, a program of study that will encourage the generation of solutions to problems relating to maritime law and policy.
The AMSA Excellence in Maritime Policy Postgraduate Scholarship will be awarded to a student undertaking the Master of Maritime Policy to analyse the legal, political and operational factors that contribute to the development of the law of the sea and maritime policy, with the aim of devising solutions to gaps in legal and policy frameworks.
More information is available here.
Deadline to submit applications is 31 July 2020 with the United Nations Development Programme for the Appointment of a Legal Expert (Law of the Sea) to Support the Joint Management Area (JMA) Demonstration Project Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Phase II Process.
The JMA Demonstration project is assisting Mauritius and Seychelles in the development and demonstration of new management approaches for extended continental shelf areas, which can provide lessons and management techniques that could be replicated both within the western Indian Ocean and other similar maritime zones globally. The JMA covers an area of 396,000 sq. km extending seaward to the east beyond the existing EEZs of both coastal States and is the largest joint maritime zone in the world. More information is available here (Reference Number 67599).
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) at University of California, Berkeley School of Law accepts applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Specialist on Climate & Ocean Research. The Climate & Ocean Law & Policy Fellow will work on domestic and international law and policy issues, roughly splitting their time between projects within the Climate Program and projects within the Ocean Program. Specific research areas will likely include: (1) on the climate side, work on California climate programs related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and zero-emission transportation; (2) on the ocean side, domestic offshore renewable energy development, international ocean law issues including deep sea mining and marine scientific research; and (3) other potential energy and environmental issues.
Final date for applications is 27 July 2020, but next review date is 20 July 2020 to ensure full consideration by the committee. More information here.
The President of the United States of America issued Proclamation on Modifying The Northeast Canyons And Seamounts Marine National Monument (5 June 2020). This proclamation restores commercial fishing that is carried out in accordance with Magnuson-Stevens and other applicable laws, regulations, and requirements. It reverses restrictions on commercial fishing set forth in Proclamation 9496, which prohibited commercial fishing, with a phase-out period for American lobster and red crab fisheries, within the monument’s boundaries.
In Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association v. Ross, the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (349 F.Supp.3d 48 (2018)), dismissed a complaint from several commercial-fishing associations that challenged the creation of the Monument (5 October 2018). The United States District Court, District of Columbia (9945 F.3d 535 (2019)) upheld that ruling (27 December 2019).
The new Proclamation may be found here.
Closing date for applications is 8 July 2020 with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for a marine policy officer vacancy based in Brussels (Belgium). The officer will ensure that there is a coordinated approach across the WWF European network to effectively influence and implement EU marine policies including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSP) Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), and International Ocean Governance. Further information is available here.
Closing date for applications is 12 July 2020 with Wageningen University & Research for an assistant professorship in Governance of Coastal Resilience. The position requires adapting to existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in the Masters of Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, and Tourism, Society & Environment. Research activities should contribute to social scientific debates around policy and management of coastal environments and how they contribute to resilient coastal communities and industries under conditions of environmental globalisation. Further information is available here.
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) has published recommendations authorizing France to extend its continental shelf off the islands of La Réunion and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam. According to these recommendations, published on 10 June 2020, France may extend its continental shelf off the islands of La Réunion and Saint-Paul and Amsterdam (French Southern and Antarctic Lands). France will thus expand its submarine domain by 151,323 km2 (58,121 km2 off La Réunion and 93,202 km2 off Saint-Paul and Amsterdam). Further information is available here (in French).
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is hosting a webinar entitled Building Ambition for a new High Seas Treaty: Marine Genetic Resources. This is the first in a four part IUCN Webinar Series preparing for the Fourth Intergovernmental Conference for an international legally binding agreement on marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (IGC4).
This event is set to happen on 5 June 2020. Registration is possible here.
The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines issued a statement (30 April 2020) contesting the so-called districts of “Nansha” and “Xisha” under the supposed administrative jurisdiction of its self-declared “Sansha City” announced on 18 April 2020 by the People’s Republic of China. According to this announcement by China, “the Xisha District of Sansha City has jurisdiction over the islands and reefs of the Xisha Islands and its sea areas, and is in charge of the islands and reefs of the Zhongsha Islands and its sea areas”. The statement from the Philippines is available here.
The United States of America also issued a statement (22 April 2020) describing China’s announcement as a “new unilateral announcement of administrative districts over disputed islands and maritime areas in the South China Sea”.
Closing date for applications is 17 June 2020 with the Université d’Angers (France) for a PhD position on the topic of prevention and resolution of conflicts of use in the law of the sea (La prévention et la résolution des conflits d’usage en droit de la mer). The position is based at the Centre Jean Bodin and the researcher is expected to join the ZOMAD (observatoire des zones maritimes disputées) research group.
The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) is hosting a webinar entitled Plastic as a Key to Addressing Ocean Pollution. The event is set to happen 27 May 2020 at 09:00 AM (BST). This event is part of the series of webinars featuring new scientific ‘Blue Papers’.
Registration and further information is available here.
The Government of Iceland in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers is hosting the International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region, in connection with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The event takes place on September 28-30 2020 in Reykjavík (Iceland). The programme is available here. Registration is open until the Symposum date.