The African Society of International Law is organizing its seventh annual conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 26-27 October 2018. The topic of this year’s event is “Africa and the International Law of the Sea”. The call for papers features topics such as maritime delimitation in Africa, unresolved disputes over African islands, the economic exploitation of African maritime spaces, piracy in Africa or the effects of sea level rise on the baselines of African coastal states. Abstracts answering this call must be sent until 1 June 2018. More information may be found here.
Category Archives: Calls
The Ocean Yearbook annual competition for students writing research papers on “marine affairs” is open to submissions until 13 May 2018. The Student Prize 2018 will include publication in a subsequent issue of the Ocean Yearbook. A definition of maritime affairs is included in the call.
For more information on eligibility and submissions, see here.
The International Association for the Law of the Sea (AssIDMer) welcomes applications for its Prix Daniel Vignes (2ème Edition), “a prize for the best article published in a journal or a collective work, to disseminate knowledge of the international law of the sea”, until 15 April 2018.
The Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore shall host a conference, entitled, Third World Approaches to International Law, 19-21 July 2018, at the National University of Singapore. Submissions, including upon law of the sea, are welcome until 15 March 2018.
For more information see here.
The 2018 European Law Institute Young Lawyers Award is open for submissions until 30 April 2018. Papers must deal with “a European legal issue that could be improved”, to which many oceans possibilities could be envisaged.
For more information see here.
The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance will organise the VI Strathclyde postgraduate colloquium on environmental law and governance, 3 May 2018, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February 2018.
The School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), and the CUPL Branch, Collaborative Innovation Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights (CSCTSMR), will convene a symposium, entitled, International laws at the seas, 15-16 March 2018, held at CUPL (Beijing, China). Abstracts may be submitted until 30 January 2018.
For more information see here.
The 7th Colloquium of the AssIDMer will take place the 20 and 21 september 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The event is organized by the University of Lisbon, the University of Porto and the University of Tromsø. The theme is The Global Challenges and the Law of the Sea. The call for papers may be found here. It is dividided in three sessions: (I) the role of the International Organizations in the implementation and development of the Law of the Sea, (II) superpowers, international courts and the Law of the Sea: challenges for the global oceans regime and (III) the protection and conservation of the areas beyond national jurisdiction: where do we stand. The deadline for the submission of draft papers is 30 April 2018. The provisional program is already available here.
The Faculty of Law and the KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, will together organize and host the 11th annual Polar Law Symposium in Tromsø, Norway, October 2 – 4, 2018. The organizers are particularly interested in receiving submissions related to the following topics: Indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, especially implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; climate change; climate change and the law of the sea; ecosystem management approaches; areas beyond national jurisdiction and polar regions; the future of the law of the sea; fisheries issues; protected areas; navigation issues in polar regions; gender issues in indigenous discourse; seaborne tourism; polar institutions and linkages with global institutions. Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2018. More information is available here.
Call for abstracts: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
ICES, the FAO, IOC/UNESCO, and PICES shall host their 4th International Symposium, entitled, The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, 4–8 June 2018, Washington D.C. (USA). A series of pre-conference workshops will also take place, 2-3 June 2018. Abstracts may be submitted for one of the 18 theme sessions until 15 December 2017.
For more information, see here.
The Human Sea program will be holding its final international conference on 15 and 16 October 2018 at the Nantes Events Center, France. The conference is entitled “Transforming the ocean law by requirement of the marine environment conservation” and its goal is to attempt a synthesis of the legal issues, technological, economic and managerial of the implemented and future evolutions. It will focus on four issues: 1) seabed (continental shelves and international zone), 2) water column (biodiversity and high seas), offshore activities (synthesis on fishing), 3) trade, Marine Renewable Energy, and 4) protection of the marine environment in a highly legal approach (principles of environmental law, regional conventions, EU law). A Junior Conference will be organized on Monday afternoon 15 October 2018, in parallel with the plenary session of the international conference. Deadline for receipt of applications is 25 January 2018. The call for papers may be found here; the junior call may be found here. More information is available here.
The Editors of the Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) and the Conference Convenors shall host the 7th Cambridge International Law Conference, Non-State Actors and International Law, 3-4 April 2018, at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). Abstracts may be submitted until 8 December 2017.
For further information and submissions, see here.
CSEIA, the Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom), ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law and the ASIL Interest Group on Intellectual Property Law, shall organize a conference, entitled, Health, Environment and Risk Regulation. Focus on: Good Governance, Consumer Policy and Intellectual Property Rights, 4 December 2017, held at the University of Parma (Italy). Applications may be submitted until 10 November 2017.
For more information, see the call for papers here.
The Manchester International Law Centre shall host the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, entitled, International law and universality, 13-15 September 2018, in Manchester (UK). The submission of abstracts is welcome until 31 January 2018.
For more information and the eight themes, see here.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA) and UN Environment have announced the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference, to be held 12-16 March 2018, in San Diego (California, USA). Authors may submit an abstract or poster idea until 11 October 2017.
For more information, see here.
Call for papers: The transformation of environmental law and governance – innovation, risk and resilience
The University of Strathclyde Law School shall host the 16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, entitled, The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience, 4-6 July 2018, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). Additional events will be scheduled for the 2-3 July 2018. Abstracts may be submitted until 1 February 2018.
For more information see the call for abstracts page here.
The Transnational Legal Theory Journal shall host its inaugural annual symposium, entitled, Transnational Food Security, on 20 January 2018, at the Transnational Law Institute (King’s College London, UK). Abstracts must be submitted by 22 September 2017, with the proposed topics leaving plenty of space for oceans literature.
For more information see here.
The Edinburgh Europa Research Group shall host a symposium, entitled, External Challenges for the Common Fisheries Policy, on 11 May 2018, at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK). Abstracts must be submitted by 30 November 2017.
For more information, see here.
Call for Papers: Global Commons and Values in Oceans – What should be the role of the New Implementing Agreement under UNCLOS?
The ESIL Interest Group on Law of the Sea shall hold a workshop, entitled, Global Commons and Values in Oceans: What should be the role of the New Implementing Agreement under UNCLOS?, on 6 September 2017, in Naples, Italy. This is a pre-conference workshop on the occasion of the 13th ESIL Annual Conference. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 June 2017.
The Baltic Area Legal Studies (BALEX) will organize a research seminar on multi-level governance with a special focus on the Baltic Sea Region in Turku, Finland, on 31 October 2017. The keynote lectures are open events. Additionally, researchers can send their papers for further workshop discussions. The research seminar calls for papers which may relate to the following issues: legal relationships between different layers of regulation; the role of non-legal steering mechanisms in policy-making; ecosystem based management and regulatory tools; industry visions of Baltic Sea developments and related regulatory needs, balancing competing interests. The papers should be sent no later than October 17, 2017. More information is available here.
The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) will host the International Law Weekend (ILW) 2017, entitled, International Law in Challenging Times, 19-21 October 2017, at the New York City Bar and Fordham University School of Law (New York, USA). Panel proposals are now being accepted including those concerning the law of the sea.
Submissions are open until 30 April 2017. For more information see here.
The 9th edition of the ABLOS conference, organized by the Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea, will address advances and challenges in governing our shared Blue World under the framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea from both legal and technical perspectives. Themes to be discussed include: implications of new and developing technologies on the law of the sea, progress towards safeguarding biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), deep seabed mining, legal and technical aspects of defining insular features and the application of UNCLOS in high latitudes. The event is set to happen on 10 – 11 October, 2017 at the International Hydrographic Bureau in Monaco. Abstracts are accepted until 1st June 2017. More information available here and here.
The Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, working with Polar Research Institute of China, shall host a workshop entitled, Law and Governance: emerging issues of the polar regions, 20-21 June 2017, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China).
The deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2017. For more information, see here.
The Twentieth International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA XX) will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 25 to 29 September 2017. Papers on any subject matter relevant to the practice of maritime law and maritime arbitration of both a procedural and substantive nature are invited. Those wishing to present papers are requested to submit a summary of no more than 250 words by 15 January 2017. More information here.
The 6th Biannual Asian Society of International Law (ASIANSIL), entitled, Asia and International Law in Times of Uncertainty, will be held 25 – 26 August 2017 in Seoul (Republic of Korea). Topics suggested within the call for papers include three Law of the Sea sessions: South China Sea Arbitral Award and its Implications for the Law of the Sea; Maritime Security and International Law; Protection of the Marine Environment in Asia. A further junior scholars workshop call for papers also includes law of the sea.
The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (UiT) and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace University) shall host a workshop, entitled, Natural Marine Resource Management in a Changing Climate, 13 – 14 June 2017, at the University of Tromsø (Norway). Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract by 1 March 2017.
Call for papers: Exploring the human element of the oceans – the gender implications of the law of the sea
The School of Law of the University of Milano-Bicocca will host a conference, entitled, Exploring the human element of the oceans: the gender implications of the law of the sea, from 25-26 May 2017, at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2017.
For more information, please see the call for papers.
The 9th MARE People & the Sea Conference will take place in Amsterdam on 5-7 July 2017 under the topic “Dealing with Maritime Mobilities”. This conference will explore the nature of maritime mobilities and the ways climate and environmental change, economic development and maritime activities are affecting their direction and volume. The deadline for the submissions is 31 January 2017. Details on the proposals can be found here. Registrations for the event can already be done here.
The World Maritime University will be hosting an international conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017). This event is expected to provide a forum for both researchers and practitioners to examine opportunities and challenges in the field of maritime energy with the aim of achieving an energy efficient and low carbon future for the maritime industry. The conference will occur in Malmö, Sweden, on 24-25 January 2017. Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English by 30 September 2016. More information about the event and the call for papers is available here.
The London International Boundary Conference 2017 will be held from the 5-6 June 2017, at King’s College London (London, UK). The call for papers, entitled, Practical Aspects of International Boundaries and Sovereignty Disputes, has been issued with a deadline of the 6 January 2017. a number of topics may be of interest to those working around the law of the sea.
For more information, see here.
Call for Papers: International Tribunals and the Interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 3-4 November 2016
The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer has issued a call for papers for its forthcoming conference, entitled, International Tribunals and the Interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to be held 3-4 November 2016, University of Sannio, Benevento (Italy). The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 17 July 2016.
For more information please see the call for papers (in French & English).
Call for Papers: Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions – Science, Politics and Law
The Collaborative Innovation Centre for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights (CICTSMR), the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL), Wuhan University, China and the School of Law, University of New England, Australia, have issued a call for papers/abstracts for a forthcoming conference entitled, Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions: Science, Politics and Law. The conference will be held 25-26 March 2017, Wuhan University, China, and the abstract deadlines is 15 September 2016.
For more information on the conference, confirmed speakers and abstract submission details see here.
Call for papers: International Conference on Maritime Actors and Climate Change – Incentives and Strategies for Voluntary Action
The Center for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and the Frank Guarini Center, School of Law, New York University welcome proposals for papers/presentations at the International Conference on Maritime Actors and Climate Change, which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 20th and 21st of June 2016. The conference is open to scholars from law and other social sciences with a research interest in maritime transport and climate change. The conference will include papers presented by invited participants (confirmed speakers include Prof. Richard Stewart, Prof. Daniel Bodansky, Prof. Yoshifumi Tanaka, Prof. Harro van Asselt and Prof. Katrina Wyman), as well as papers selected in the course of this call for papers. More information can be found here.
The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer (AssIDMer) has created the “Prix Daniel Vignes” to reward the authors of the best articles devoted to a specific topic of international law of the sea. The regulation setting the conditions for the attribution of such prize can be found here. More information about the deadline and the amount of the monetary prize for this edition can be found here.
The K. G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea of the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø just announced a symposium entitled ‘Innovating for Change in Global Fisheries Governance’. The symposium aims to address the following question: How can international law be used as an innovative mechanism for change in global fisheries governance? Early career scholars are in particular encouraged to participate. The deadline for abstracts submissions of abstracts is 30 April 2016. Further information is available here.
The 12th European Society of International Law Conference, How International Law Works in Times of Crisis, will be held in Riga, 8 – 10 September 2016. Whilst a host of interesting forums and agora will be held, those with a particular interest in the law of the sea should consult the agora, Law of the Sea: As ever, between Selden and Grotius.
The Xiamen University South China Sea Institute is holding the Sino-Latin American Symposium on the Law of the Sea. The topic of this event is “Challenges and Opportunities with Development and Utilization of Marine Resources” with a special focus on the contributions of China and Latin American countries to the modern international law of the sea. The call for papers can be found here. The event is to happen in Xiamen, China, on November 5-6, 2015. More information can be found here.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime University (WMU) and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group of the Arctic Council have announced a call for papers for a joint International Conference on Safe and Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic Environment (ShipArc 2015), to be held from 25 to 27 August 2015 at WMU in Malmö, Sweden. Papers under all themes will inform and enrich the conference discussions. The abstract submission deadline is 31 May 2015 and more information can be found here.
The University of Greenwich will host a one day conference entitled The Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue, on the 29th June 2015 at the Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK. The deadline for submission of abstracts, which should be 200-300 words, is the 17th April 2015. Professor Philippe Sands QC will deliver the keynote speech.
More information can be found here.
The first 2015 edition of the Brazilian Journal of International Law (Revista de Direito Internacional) will be devoted to the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. Following the interest of Brazil in the so-called “Blue Amazon”, this call for papers envisages a broad range of submissions that deal with these topics. The announcement can be found here (in Portuguese only) and the instructions for the online submissions can be found here (also in English). The deadline for the submission of articles is April 30.
The K.G. Jepsen Centre for the Law of the Sea at the Arctic University of Tromsø is hosting a workshop on Environmental Standards for Deep Seabed Mining in Tromsø, Norway on 6‐8 May 2015. In addition to two keynote speeches on invitation by the organizers the workshop calls for abstracts by researchers (including young scientists) with a background in law, political sciences or environmental economics. On the basis of the submitted abstracts the steering committee will invite six speakers to present their papers at the workshop. The submission deadline is 28 February 2015 and more information about the call may be consulted here.
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) has opened a call for papers. Applicants are to submit an abstract on the topic of “new challenges facing the arctic ocean and other fragile seas”(max. 500 words) and a brief CV (max 1 page), by January 15, 2015. The resulting conference is to happen on February 20, 2015 at the Rovaniemi, Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. For further details, consult the call for papers. The program of the Conference will be posted here.
The University of Southern Denmark will be holding a conference entitled, Maritime Piracy: Remaining legal challenges and lessons learned. Where are we in 2014 and where are we heading? The event will occur on December 8-9, 2014. Templates, submission forms and further information can be found here.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth will convene a conference entitled, Statesman and Seapower, 17 – 18 April 2015. The call for papers closes 28th November 2014.
More information, and submission procedures here.
The University of Dundee will organize the 2015 EU-Arctic Conference entitled “The European Union and the Arctic” on 29-30 May 2015. This conference will bring together academics and practitioners from relevant disciplines such as international law, international relations, political science and marine biology, NGOs, representatives from EU institutions and international organizations to discuss the EU’s potential contribution to enhance Arctic governance. A roadmap for increasing the effectiveness of the EU’s action in the Arctic will be drawn at the end of the conference. This conference is timely as the Council of the European Union recently (Council conclusions on developing a European Union Policy towards the Arctic Region, 24 May 2014) requested the European Commission and the High Representative to present proposals for the further development of an integrated and coherent Arctic Policy by December 2015. The call for papers can be found here (deadline: 15 January 2015).
The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer has opened a call for papers on the following topic: International Law and Maritime Governance. Current Issues and Challenges for Regional Economic Integration Organizations. The event is to happen at the Université Ca’ Foscari Venice (Italy) on 20-21 November 2014. More information on the application procedure can be found here.
The Goettingen Journal of International Law is launching its anual student essay competition. Participants are free to choose both the topic and the exact area of the international law of the sea on which their submissions will elaborate. The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2014. More information on this call can be found here.