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Conference: Resilience of UNCLOS – 40 Years

The University of the Faroe Islands and the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen shall host a conference, entitled, Resilience of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: 40 Years, 10 March 2023 at the University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark). For more information see here.

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Conference: 40 years of Africa’s contribution to UNCLOS

The African Union will host a conference, entitled, 40 Years of Africa’s Contribution to UNCLOS, 16 December 2022 in a hybrid format (AU Headquarters, Ethiopia/Zoom). For more information see here and zoom here.

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Webinar: UNCLOS@40

Gujarat Maritime University, in association with the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (University of the Philippines) will host a webinar, entitled, UNCLOS@40, 10 December 2022 (Online). For more information see here.

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Conference: 40 Years of UNCLOS

The Centro de Estudos em Direito do Mar (CEDMAR) of the University of São Paulo (Brazil) will host the 5th Brazilian Congress on the Law of the Sea, themed, 40 years of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 8-10 December 2022, in São Paulo/Santos (Brazil). For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Developing Robust Ocean Regimes for Uncertain Futures

The Yong Pung How School of Law (Singapore Management University) will host a workshop, entitled, Developing Robust Ocean Regimes for Uncertain Futures, 28 April 2023 at SMU (Singapore). Abstracts are welcome until 15 January 2023. For more information see here.

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Events: International Law and the Nord Stream Leaks

The Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute of the World Maritime University (Sweden) will host a webinar on International Law and the Nord Stream Leaks, to take place on Friday November 18 at 14.00-15.30 CET. The webinar will take the form of a roundtable discussion. More information and a link to register can be found here.

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Webinar: Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea

The Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Center​ (KAIPTC), the Royal Danish Defence College and SIGLA​ (Stellenbosch University) will co-host a webinar, entitled, Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea: Rethinking the Past and Contemplating the Future, 16-17 November 2022, in a hybrid format (KAIPTC, Accra, Ghana/Online). For more information see here.

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Conference: Dynamics of the Constitution for the Oceans

The Institute for the International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law (University of Hamburg), the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder, and the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland will organise a conference, entitled, Dynamics of the Constitution for the Oceans: UNCLOS at 40, 9-10 December 2022 in Hamburg, Germany. For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Effectiveness of UNCLOS Revisited

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Korean Society of International Law and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), will host its Seventh International Conference on the Law of the Sea, entitled, Law of the Sea for the Next Generation: Effectiveness of UNCLOS Revisited, 15-17 November 2022, in a hybrid format (Seoul/Online).

For more information and registration see here.

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Workshop: The Nexus Implied from the Maritime Order in East Asia in 1945-1952

The Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University (ARI) and The Development of International Law In Asia-Korea (DILA-KOREA) will co-host an international workshop entitled, The Nexus Implied from the Maritime Order in East Asia in 1945-1952: Between Indeterminacy and Strategical Ambiguity, 7 November 2022, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Events: Preparing for Sea Level Rise

The School of Law of the University of Lisbon (Portugal) is hosting a conference entitled Preparing for Sea Level Rise. This event is set to happen in Lisbon on 18 November 2022. The program of the event is available here.

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Events: Filling the legal toolbox for working towards ocean sustainability

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) and the Utrecht University Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL), in collaboration with the Centre for International Law (CIR) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are organizing a workshop entitled Filling the legal toolbox for working towards ocean sustainability: UNCLOS, UNCLOS 2.0 and/or what else? This event is set to take place on 17 and 18 November 2022, in The Hague (Netherlands). Further information about registration, as well as the program of the event, is available here.

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Conference: The Asian Legal Order

The Faculty of Law at the University of Malaya in collaboration with the Malaysian Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law will host a conference, entitled, The Asian Legal Order: Adoption of Universal Norms or Adaptation of Local Values?, 25 October 2022 in a hybrid format (University of Malaya/Zoom). Session III addresses peace and security in the South China Sea. For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: London International Boundary Conference 2022

The London International Boundary Conference 2022 will be held from the 12-13 December 2022, at King’s College London (London, UK), in a hybrid format. The call for papers includes 5 themes, whereby a number of topics may be of interest to those working around the law of the sea. Abstracts are welcome until 4 November 2022.

For more information, see here.

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Webinar: Maritime Boundaries Delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

The Consortium for the Study of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy (CONSMAR) and the Maritime Policy and Strategy Research Centre of the University of Haifa will host the first webinar in their Eastern Mediterranean Talks series, entitled, Maritime Boundaries Delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 20 October 2022, online (Zoom). For more information see here.

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Call for Applicants: 14th South China Sea Conference Young Leaders Program

The Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam is seeking applicants for the Young Leaders Program 2022 under the framework of the 14th South China Sea International Conference, themed, Undisrupted Sea, Undisrupted Peace, Undisrupted Recovery16-18 November 2022. Applications are welcome until 30 October 2022. For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Is international law fair?

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) is hosting the 2023 ESIL Annual Conference, themed, Is international law fair?, 30 August-2 September 2023 in Aix-en-Provence, France. All 11 Agora appear suitable for law of the sea related submissions, with explicit examples being Agora 5: Fairness, Natural Resources, Shared Resources, and Common Spaces and Agora 7: Fairness in the Allocation of Maritime Spaces. Abstracts are welcome until 31 January 2023.

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Lecture: Climate Change & the Oceans

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (UC Berkeley School of Law) shall host the Fall 2022 Harry & Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law & Policy, entitled, Climate Change and the Oceans: An Existential Challenge for International Law, 17 October 2022, in a hybrid format (UC Berkeley Law School/Zoom). For more information and registration see here and here.

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Conference: Women in the Law of the Sea

The International Seabed Authority, in partnership with the Permanent Representation of Singapore to the United Nations, will host a conference (CfP previously reported), entitled, Women in the Law of the Sea: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of UNCLOS, 26-28 September 2022, in a hybrid format (New York/Virtual). For more information see here and here.

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Call for Papers: A New World Disorder

Two consecutive conferences, namely the NKR/JTMS Joint Conference & KISA 14th Annual Convention, themed, A New World Disorder: Security Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities, will be hosted at the Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies, South Korea, 24-26 November 2022. Abstract, including on a number of non-exhaustive law of the sea topics are welcome until 1 October 2022. for more information see here.

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Conference: Operational Maritime Law

The NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters, in co-sponsorship with the Stockton Center for International Law at the United States Naval War College, and in cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania will host a conference, entitled, Operational Maritime Law, 10-13 October 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania. For more information see here.

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Book Launch: Coastal state jurisdiction over living resources in the EEZ

The ANU Centre for International and Public Law, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Attorney General’s Department will host a book launch for C. Goodman, Coastal state jurisdiction over living resources in the exclusive economic zone (Oxford University Press, 2021), 22 September 2022, at the ANU College of Law. For more information see here.

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Seminar: Elon Musk and the Law of the Sea

The Faculty of Law (University of Oslo) will host the next seminar in their seminar series (Delimitation agreements, Sovereignty, and Jurisdiction Claims: Current Trends, Recent Cases and Future Perspectives), entitled, Elon Musk and the Law of the Sea, 5 September 2022, in a hybrid format (UIO/Zoom). For more information see here.

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Events: IFLOS Maritime Talks 2022

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea is organizing the 2022 Maritime Talks. The subject of this year is Security, Safety, and Freedom of Navigation through Straits. The event takes place on 24 September 2022 in Hamburg, Germany. More information can be found on the event poster.

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Conference: States in Emergency

The 2022 London Conference on International Law, themed, States in Emergency – International Law at a Time of Reckoning, will be held 10-11 October 2022 at the QEII centre (London, UK). Panel 6 will address jurisdiction and enforcement at sea. For more information see here.

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Conference: London Convention & Stockholm Declaration at 50

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) will host a conference, entitled, Protecting the Ocean – Moving forward at 50: London Convention & Stockholm Declaration10-13 October 2022 in Malmö (Sweden) (partially hybrid). For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Black Sea Maritime Security Symposium

The NATO Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (NATO MARSEC COE) will host a conference, entitled, Black Sea Maritime Security Symposium, 28–29 November 2022, at MARSEC COE (Istanbul, Türkiye). Abstracts are welcome until 30 September 2022. For more information see here and the call.

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Webinar: The Competence of International Courts and Tribunals to Delimit the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 nm

The AsianSIL Law of the Sea Interest Group will host a panel discussion on the recent book ‘The Continental Shelf Delimitation Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Towards A Common Approach to Maritime Boundary-Making’ (Cambridge University Press 2021), 31 August 2022, 16:30-18:00 (Singapore Time (SGT)), online (Zoom) (Passcode in the Flyer).

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Call for Abstracts: Sustainability in the Sea

MEI (University of Barcelona) and Instituto Salvador de Madariaga de Estudios Europeos (Universidade Da Coruña) will host a conference, entitled, Sostenibilidad en el Mar: Una visión desde la Barcelona Mediterránea, 19 December 2022, at University of Barcelona (Baercelona, Spain). Abstracts in Spanish, Catalan or English are welcome until 21 October 2022. For more information see here and the call.

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Webinar: Collaborative Ocean Governance in the Bay of Bengal

The Bangladesh Centre for Ocean Law and Policy (BCOLP) will host the first episode of its inaugural webinar series, entitled, Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative Ocean Governance in the Bay of Bengal, 30 July 2022, Online. For more information see here.

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Summit: Tech, Law and Maritime Defense

TLMDS will host its first Tech, Law and Maritime Defense Summit, 11-13 October 2022, online. For more information on select speakers and to register see here.

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Call for Papers: VI Congresso do Instituto Brasileiro de Direito do Mar

The Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host its VI Congress of the Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea on the 27-28 October 2022, in a hybrid format (University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil)/Online). The submission of papers is welcome until 31 August 2022.

For further information see here.

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Conference: Equity Perspectives on Global Ocean Law and Governance

Universität Hamburg will host an interdisciplinary conference, entitled, Equity Perspectives on Global Ocean Law and Governance, 7 September 2022, in a hybrid format (Hamburg (Germany)/Online). For more information and registration see here.

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Call for Papers: The Future of UNCLOS

The Australian National University College of Law Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) will host a conference, entitled, New Horizons: The Future of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 9-10 December 2022, in a hybrid format (Canberra/online). Submission of abstracts is welcome until 8 August 2022. For more information see here.

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2022 UN Ocean Conference: Lisbon Declaration

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference (The United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, occurred 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon (Portugal). The Conference adopted (A/CONF.230/2022/L1), without a vote, the Lisbon Declaration, entitled, Our ocean, our future, our responsibility (A/CONF.230/2022/L.2). In addition to this political declaration, many states made a host of new commitments, with “[c]lose to 700 commitments […] registered”.

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Events: Marine Justice and Right to Science

The Observatorio para la Gobernanza Marino Costera (Colombia) is hosting a side event at the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 entitled Marine Justice and Right to Science. The event takes place 30 June 2022, and it shall be held in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish. See program and registration.

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Webinar: Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces in the Caribbean Sea

The AsianSIL Law of the Sea Interest Group will host an informal discussion on the ICJ’s Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Colombia), Judgment of 21 April 2022, on 30 June 2022, 16:30-17:30 (Singapore Time (SGT)), online (Zoom) (Meeting ID: 907 705 7650). For further background information, see previous De Maribus reporting.

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Conference: Promoting Maritime Cooperation in South East Asia

The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), and the Australian Embassy (Viet Nam) shall host the 8th Ocean Dialogue, themed, 40th Anniversary of UNCLOS: Promoting Maritime Cooperation in Southeast Asia, 29 June 2022, in a hybrid format (Ha Noi/Online). For more information see the programme and virtual registration form.

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Calls/Events: Transitions in Climate Arctic Governance

The interdisciplinary Climate Arctic Governance (CArGo) research network welcome proposals for paper and poster presentations at a conference on Transitions in Climate Arctic Governance. The event will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the 16 September 2022. The conference aims to explore the different transitions within Arctic climate governance, which are necessary to address the increasing societal, climate and sustainability challenges the Arctic is facing. The conference will focus on Arctic socio-economic systems and the different legal, political, geographical and cultural regimes at play. In particular, the conference centers around the Arctic governance landscape, paying specific attention to the current geopolitical situation. Further, it will examine the topics of Arctic shipping, climate vulnerability, and natural resources in the Arctic. Deadline to submit proposals is 1 August 2022. More information is available here.

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Events: Fair and Equitable Deep Seabed Mining

Law firm Volterra Fietta shall host a seminar entitled Fair and Equitable Deep Seabed Mining. This seminar will address the various issues arising from the fair and equitable distribution of deep seabed mining’s financial and other benefits, including as they pertain to the notion of equitable distribution, the transfer of technology, the Enterprise and the Deep Seabed Mining Code. This event will take place on 16 June 2022; for more information see here.

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Events: Dispute resolution under UNCLOS

Law firm Volterra Fietta shall host a seminar entitled Dispute resolution under UNCLOS. This seminar will address various aspects of the UNCLOS dispute resolution system, namely: creativity in such dispute settlement, clarification of the law of the sea through dispute settlement, influencing dispute settlement under UNCLOS, comparisons between the different dispute settlement mechanisms under UNCLOS and how the dispute settlement system might be used to interpret UNCLOS in light of technological developments. This event will take place on 9 June 2022; for more information see here.

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Calls: Implementing “Fit for 55”

The InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business, at the University of Helsinki and Turku School of Economics (Finland) welcomes proposals for extended abstracts to be presented at the upcoming international conference on Implementing Fit for 55 – The right Logistics and Transport Infrastructure for a Net Zero-Carbon Future. The Nordics at the Helm? The event is organized in collaboration with the Finnish Swedish Chamber of Commerce (FINSVE) and the Institute for Sustainability Science at the University of Helsinki (HELSUS). The conference will include presentations by invited participants (August 24) as well as by extended abstracts selected in the course of this call (August 25). Deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 June 2022. More information can be found in the call and here.

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Events: maritime boundary delimitation in practice

Law firm Volterra Fietta is organizing a seminar entitled Maritime boundary delimitation in practice. This event will address will discuss how States and private companies alike can better understand and negotiate, and if necessary, plead maritime boundary delimitation in the most sophisticated and detail-oriented ways. The event will take place on 18 May 2022. For more information, see here

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Book launch: Unconventional Lawmaking in the Law of the Sea

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) will host a webinar, entitled, Unconventional Lawmaking in the Law of the Sea: A conversation with contributors, 26 May 2022, online, to celebrate the release of Natalie Klein (ed.) Unconventional Lawmaking in the Law of the Sea (OUP 2022). For more information see here.

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Calls: Non-use measures for global goods and commons in international law

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) and the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) of Utrecht University, in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), are organizing the workshop “Non-use measures for global goods and commons in international law”, which will take place on 8-9 May 2023 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The workshop intends to look at a selection of non-use measures (e.g., bans, moratoria, closed areas) to better understand how specific non-use measures were adopted (or not) and with what effects, and to consider the potential for success of proposals currently under discussion or consideration. Non-use measures related to four themes will be discussed: marine living resources, Antarctica, areas beyond national jurisdiction at sea, and the atmosphere and outer-space. The deadline to submit an abstract is 31 July 2022. More information is available here.

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Events: International Fisheries Law Conference 2022

The University of the Faroe Islands and the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland are organizing a conference entitled Persistent and Emerging Challenges in International Fisheries Law. This conference will focus on challenges that emerge and those that persist in international fisheries law, including IUU fisheries related matters, institutional mechanisms in RFMOs, jurisdictional aspects in regard to fisheries disputes, substantive aspects in regard to disputes on the conservation and management of transboundary fish stocks, trade related measures with respect to fisheries resources and fisheries related matters concerning BBNJ. The event shall be held in the Faroe Islands, at Kongshøll, on 23 – 25 June 2022. Early bird registration deadline is 15 May 2022. More information is available here.

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Call for Abstracts: 2022 Oslo International Environmental Law Conference

The IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo, will host the 2020 Oslo Environmental Law Conference, themed, The Transformative Power of Law: Addressing Global Environmental Challenges, 3-6 October 2022, at the University of Oslo (Norway). Many of the non-exhaustive subject clusters lend themselves to a law of the sea perspective submission, although most evident is 3. Transforming Ocean Governance: UNCLOS as Living Instrument. Abstracts are welcome until 30 April 2022. For more information see here.

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Book Launch: The Law of the Sea (4th Ed)

On 26 May 2022 the Manchester International Law Centre (UoM) and Manchester University Press shall host a virtual book launch with the authors for: Robin Churchill, Vaughan Lowe and Amy Sander, The law of the sea (4th Ed., 2022). For more information see here.

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Workshop: UNCLOS at 40 – Judiciary Contributions & Judicial Jurisdiction

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) and the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) will host a workshop, entitled, The United Nations Convention on the law of the sea at forty: the contribution of the judiciary and judicial jurisdiction, 5-6 May 2022 in a hybrid format (Utrecht/Online). For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Africa and the Challenge of Climate Change

The African Society of International Law (AfSIL) is currently seeking contributions for its 11th Annual Conference, entitled, Africa and the Challenge of Climate Change, 28-29 October 2022 in Cairo, Egypt (virtual participation possible). This includes Theme VIII: Climate Change and the Law of the Sea, although other themes may also be addressed from a law of the sea perspective. Abstracts are welcome untill 15 May 2022. For more information see here.

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