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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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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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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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Events: Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international

The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique at the University of Nantes (France) shall host a colloquium entitled Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international. The purpose of this event is the analysis of the legal implications of sea level rise; it is also about better understanding to what extent existing international standards allow societies to adapt (or not) to this phenomenon and what actions can be carried out on this basis, whether at national, regional or international level, in order to combat both its causes and its devastating effects, by empowering the various actors involved (see previous report here).

The event shall be held online (in French) on 15 June 2021. A draft programme is available here. For further information see here.

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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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Webinar: Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?

The Institute for Security Studies shall host a webinar, entitled, Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) and the ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals shall host a colloquium, entitled, Maritime Delimitation as a Judicial Process, 27 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Event: Law Of The Sea Workshop

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.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network shall host the first Virtual Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW), themed, Uncovering the Unknowns: Global cooperation to eliminate ‘the U’s’ in Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, 13-14 July 2021 (online). Abstracts from fisheries MCS practitioners are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region

The Stockton Center for International Law, in co-operation with The Japan Institute of International AffairsWorld Maritime University–Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University and the Nippon Foundation, shall host the 44th Annual Conference on Oceans Law & Policy, entitled, Peaceful Maritime Engagement in East Asia and the Pacific Region, 10-12 May 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law & Governance

The Centre for Environmental Law, Macquarie University (Australia), The Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University (China), and The Environmental Studies Program, The University of Colorado Boulder (United States), shall host a conference, entitled, Global Dialogue on Biodiversity Law and Governance, 6–8 July 2021. Abstracts are welcome until 15 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: What are the root causes of maritime piracy?

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, What are the root causes of maritime piracy?, 29 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021

The European Commission in association with the European External Action Service shall host an event, entitled, EU International Ocean Governance Forum 2021: Setting the Course for a Sustainable Blue Planet, 20 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here (registration closes 19 April 2021).

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Webinar: Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas

The Chatham House Africa Programme shall host a webinar, entitled, Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas: Risks and Policy Options, 15 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: Environmental Law and Governance

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law Governance shall host the IX Strathclyde Postgradate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, 2-3 June 2021 (online). Abstracts are welcome until 15 April 2021, while the organizers “encourage in particular presentations that touch upon climate change law and governance in the run up to COP 26 and on ocean law and governance topics linked to the One Ocean Hub“.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Interpreting Seaspiracy

Hakai Magazine shall host a webinar, entitled, Interpreting Seaspiracy, 8 April 2021 (online).

For more information see the Zoom or YouTube options.

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Webinar: Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters

The Department of Law at the University of Cyprus shall host a research seminar, entitled, Private Oil Companies Operating in Contested Waters and International Law of the Sea: A Peculiar Relationship, 7 April 2021 (online).

For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Straits

The University of the Littoral Opal Coast (France) has issued a call for papers, entitled, Détroits (Straits): An interdisciplinary and international perspective, in anticipation of a symposium to be held 24-26 November 2021 in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France). Abstracts are welcome until 31 May 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Bioprospecting, Biodiversity and Novel Uses of Marine Resources

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.

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Webinar: The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Center for International Studies and Research (CERIC) shall host a webinar, entitled, The fight against plastic pollution in international, European and comparative law, 24 March 2021, online. The event of part of the 4th Monaco Ocean Week, held 22-28 March 2021.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law

The Department of Law at University of Gothenburg shall host a conference, entitled, Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law: Risk and Technology in Perspective, 18 March 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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Virtual Symposium: The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre shall host a symposium, entitled, The 15th Anniversary of ReCAAP, 18 March 2021, online. For more information see here and ReCAAP.

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Conference: High Seas Resources, Ocean Security, and the Great Powers

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.

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Webinar: Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for Ocean Sustainability

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.

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Webinar: The Fisheries Act and Brexit

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fisheries shall host a webinar, entitled, A New Era: The Fisheries Act and Brexit, 25 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration, see here.

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Webinars: Biodiversity Law and Governance Series

The Centre for Environmental Law (Macquarie University) shall host its first Biodiversity Law and Governance Webinar Series, entitled, Law & Nature Dialogues, February-June 2021, online. The inaugural lecture will be held on 22 February 2021, entitled, The evolution and challenges in China’s implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information see the Law & Nature Dialogues programme. Registration for the inaugural lecture may be found here.

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Webinar: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Launch of the report ‘Stronger together: The role of regional instruments in strengthening global governance of marine plastic pollution’, 17 February 2021, online.

For more information see here, and the aforementioned report here.

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Seminar: 25th Anniversary of ITLOS

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host an event, entitled, Seminar on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), 25 February 2021, online (IBDMAR BILOS YouTube). The event will be in Portuguese.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking

WWF and TRAFFIC, in collaboration with the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, shall host a webinar, entitled, Asia Dialogue on Responses to Wildlife Trafficking in Maritime Transport, 9 February 2021, online. For more information see here, registration here.

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Webinar: Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives

The Exeter Centre for International Law shall host a roundtable, entitled, Perspectives on the recent ITLOS case between Mauritius and the Maldives, 12 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Conference: World Ocean Summit

The Economist Group shall host its 8th World Ocean Summit, themed, Accelerating a sustainable ocean economy, 1-5 March 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Webinar Series: Rising Sea Levels

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.

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Webinars: MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series

The MARIPOLDATA research project shall host a monthly series of webinars, entitled, MARIPOLDATA Ocean Seminar Series, January-June 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Webinar: Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty

Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) shall host their latest Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series event, entitled, Global Perspectives on Adapting Marine Shipping Governance and Maritime Sovereignty to Respond to Climate Change, 19 February 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Conference: IUU Fishing

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy (FIU) shall host a conference, entitled, IUU Fishing, 3 February 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: The Ongoing Dispute between Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea

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.

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Webinar: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea – Upholding the Rule of Law at Sea

The School of Law (University of Essex) shall host its Essex Public International Law Lecture Series, including, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea – Upholding the Rule of Law at Sea, 8 March 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: Climate change and the law of the sea: A test for international law

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge) will host its Friday lecture series, including, Climate change and the law of the sea: A test for international law, 19 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: A Multi-Faceted Discipline and a Promising Field for Practitioners

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (UC Berkeley School of Law) shall host the 2021 Harry & Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law & Policy, entitled, The Law of the Sea: A Multi-Faceted Discipline and a Promising Field for Practitioners, 4 February 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit

Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway, Panama, Spain & Sweden shall host the Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit, 26 – 27 January 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Call for Papers: What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?

The Asian Society of International Law shall host its 8th Biennial Conference and PhD Students Workshop, entitled, What Place for International Law in the Asian Future?, 20-29 May 2021, online. The law of the sea is a key topic for discussion, but numerous other proposed topics are directly relevant to the law of the sea and its institutions. Abstracts are welcome until 15 February 2021.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Treasures of the Deep – Life and Rocks

Whale Wise, in cooperation with the Changing Oceans Research Group (University of Edinburgh) and the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative shall host a webinar on deep-sea mining, entitled, Treasures of the Deep: Life and Rocks, 12 January 2021 from 17:00 (GMT), online.

For more information see here and here.

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Call for Papers: Beyond the Global Pandemic – The Critical Role of Submarine Cables

The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) welcomes submissions for its 2021 Virtual Plenary, themed, Beyond the Global Pandemic – The Critical Role of Submarine Cables, to be held online 19-20 May 2021. Abstracts may be submitted online until 12 February 2021.

For more information see the call for papers.

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E-Course: Climate Change and Law of the Sea

The Singapore Cooperation Programme, under the auspices of the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21), shall host an online course, entitled, Climate Change and Law of the Sea, 11-15 January 2021. Nominations (mid- to senior-level government officials who work on issues related to the Law of the Sea) from eligible countries are welcome until 21 December 2020.

For more information see here.

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Conference: Regional Cooperation and Marine Environment Protection under UNCLOS

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host its Fifth International Conference on the Law of the Sea, entitled, Regional Cooperation and Marine Environment Protection under UNCLOS, 3-4 December 2020, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: SEA of Solutions 2020

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) shall convene the SEA of Solutions 2020 Conference, themed, Wasting less plastic and keeping it out of the ocean – Has the needle moved?, 24-26 November 2020, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinar: strengthening MCS through a High Seas Treaty

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.

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Conference: Law of the Sea and Transdisciplinarity

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.

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