The South China Sea Institute at Xiamen University is hosting another edition of the Marco Polo – Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy (see previous report here). This year’s session happens between 1 and 26 July 2019 in Xiamen, China. The application deadline for the 2019 Xiamen Summer Program is 9 June 2019. More information is available here and here.
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The Chinese Society for the Law of the Sea is hosting another edition of its International Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition (see 2018 report here). The 2019 edition will be hosted by the Wuhan University China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and it is scheduled to take place in early November 2019 in Wuhan, China. Registration deadline is 20 May 2019. More information is available here.
A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports is coming into effect. The requirement, mandatory under IMO’s Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), is part of a package of amendments under the revised Annex to the FAL Convention, adopted in 2016. The FAL Convention encourages use of a “single window” for data, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal, without duplication. The FAL Convention amendments make it mandatory for ships and ports to exchange FAL data electronically from 8 April 2019. More information is available here and here.
The Transatlantic Maritime Emissions Research Network is welcoming abstract submissions for a conference on Arctic Environmental and Climate Change Governance. The event will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 11-12, 2019. The conference seeks to explore environmental governance in the Arctic by examining institutions, actors and interactions in emerging issues in Arctic ocean governance, such as conservation of marine living resources, the use of the marine Arctic for extractive industries, climate change impacts, and maritime transport issues. Deadline for submissions is April 20, 2019. More information is available here.
The Supreme Court of Norway has rejected the appeals of a Russian captain and a Latvian shipping company that was convicted in the Court of Appeal for having caught snow crab without a Norwegian permit. The catch took place in the fish protection zone at Svalbard, on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Supreme Court stated that the snow crab is a sedentary species within the meaning of the UNCLOS, which the coastal state of Norway, under international law, has the exclusive right to exploit. It also understood that the Svalbard Treaty does not prevent penalising the person who catches without permission and that this applies regardless of nationality. The verdict of 14 February 2019 may be found here (in Norwegian).
The 13th session of the IFLOS Summer Academy at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will be held from 21 July to 16 August 2019. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree (LL.M. or equivalent) and have advanced knowledge of public international law, the law of the sea or maritime law. The deadline for the reception of applications is 30 April 2019 (postal). For more information, see here.
Two fellowships for candidates are available under the ISA/Marawa 2019 Training Programme. For more information and to apply, see here.
The European Marine Board is organising the 2019 edition of the EurOCEAN conference. The event takes place on 11-12 June 2019 at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in Paris, France. This year’s edition aims to highlight the European marine science needed for the EU Framework Programme Horizon Europe and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The draft conference programme is available here. More information is available here.