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Symposium: Flag State Responsibilities and the future of Article 91 of UNCLOS

The International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) and the World Maritime University (WMU) shall organize a Symposium (co-hosted by IMO and ITLOS), entitled, flag State responsibilities and the future of article 91 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 5 March 2020 at IMO Headquarters (London, UK).

For further information see here.

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Conference: Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international

The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique shall host a conference, entitled, Élévation du niveau de la mer et droit international: de l’adaptation à l’action, 16 June 2020 at the University of Nantes (Nantes, France).

For further information see here and the draft programme.

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Conference: Persistent and Emerging Challenges in International Fisheries Law

The University of the Faroe Islands and the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland shall host a conference, entitled, Persistent and Emerging Challenges in International Fisheries Law, 10 – 12 September 2020 at the University of the Faroe Islands (Kongshøll, Faroe Islands).

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: The Seas as a Space for Cooperation and Conflict

The German Association for East European Studies (DGO) shall host a conference, entitled, The Seas as a Space for Cooperation and Conflict, 5–6 March 2020 at Körber-Stiftung (Hamburg, Germany).

For more information see here.

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Workshop: Utilization of genetic resources and the Nagoya Protocol

The UVIGO Marine Research Centre (CIM-UVIGO) is holding a workshop entitled: Utilization of genetic resources and the Nagoya Protocol: legal framework and practical cases of application in the marine field (Utilización de recursos genéticos y Protocolo de Nagoya: marco legal y casos prácticos de aplicación en el ámbito marino). This workshop is part of the EBB project (European Blue Biobank), aimed at facilitating access to marine biological resources. The event is set to happen on 14 February 2020, in Vigo (Spain). Registration forms and the program of the event (in Spanish) can be found here.

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Conference: International Ocean Governance Forum

The European Commission and the European External Action Service shall host an event, entitled, International Ocean Governance Forum, 22-24 April 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. A high level event is followed by 3 thematic working groups, namely, (1) Improving the international ocean governance framework, (2) Reducing pressure on oceans and seas and creating the conditions for a sustainable, and (3) Strengthening the ocean knowledge system.

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Maritime Law & Policy Postgraduate Research

The London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group will host the 11th Maritime Law & Policy International Postgraduate Research Conference, 3 April 2020, at City, University of London (London, UK). Details for submitting abstracts is forthcoming.

For further information see here.

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Call for Papers: Environmental Crimes

The Common Good Foundation, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Center for World Indigenous Studies, The Jersey Law Commission, and The Resolution Journal, shall host the 2nd Environmental Crimes Conference, 1-2 October 2020 in Saint Helier (United Kingdom). Abstracts are welcome until 6 March 2020.

For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: Solidarity in the Context of Natural Resources Management

The ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law shall host an event at the 2020 ESIL Research Forum, entitled, Solidarity in the Context of Natural Resources Management, 23 April 2020 at the University of Catania (Catania, Italy). Track I may be of interest to law of the sea scholars. Abstracts are welcome until 14 February 2020.

For more information see the call for papers.

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Conference: Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction – Where are we and where to next?

For further information and registration (fees apply) see here.

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Call for Papers: Beyond National Jurisdiction

The American Society of International Law, the Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law, the Canadian Council on International Law, and the Japanese Society of International Law shall host the Eighth International Four Societies Conference, entitled, Beyond National Jurisdiction, 16-17 June 2020, at UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley, USA). Applications are welcome until 31 January 2020.

For more information (including membership requirements) see the call for abstracts.

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Conference: The 25th UNCLOS Anniversary Seminar

The Universitas Indonesia Faculty of Law shall host a conference, entitled, The 25th UNCLOS Anniversary Seminar, 5-6 February 2020, at Aryaduta Hotel (Jakarta, Indonesia).

For more information and RSVP see here.

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Call for Papers: Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law

The University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law shall host a conference, entitled, Fourth Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference, 20-21 April 2020, at the University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Abstracts for papers and posters are welcome until 30 January 2020. Numerous suggested topics could be addressed from a law of the sea perspective.

For further information see here.

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Conference: 12th International Forum on IUU Fishing

Chatham House shall host a forum, entitled, 12th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, 19 March 2020 at Chatham House (London, UK).

For further information and registration see here.

Update 12/05/2020: This event is now a series of webinars 18-22 May 2020. See here.

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Call for Papers: AsianSIL Regional Conference 2020 & Junior Scholars’ Conference 2020

The Nepalese Society of International Law and the Nepal Chapter of AsianSIL shall host the Regional Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) 2020, entitled, Power and the Development of International Law: Asian Perspectives, on the 6 June 2020 in Kathmandu (Nepal). The Junior Scholars’ Conference 2020, entitled, New Challenges in International Law, will be held 5 June 2020 in Kathmandu (Nepal). A non-exhaustive list of topics is included in the call for papers, including numerous law of the sea interests. Abstracts are welcome until 15 February 2020.

For more information see the call for papers.

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Conference: Securing Britain’s Seas

Safeseas is hosting a conference, entitled, Securing Britain’s Seas: The Bristol IdeasLab on UK Maritime Security, 28 February 2020 at the University of Bristol (Bristol, UK).

For further information and registration see here and the programme.

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Workshop: Judicial Settlement under UNCLOS

Le Club de Droit International and the University of Angers, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in The Netherlands, are hosting a discussion on Judicial Settlement under UNCLOS: An insider’s view of ITLOS. The event takes place on 9 December 2019 at the Hague (The Netherlands). More information is available here.

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Conference: International Law and Sea Level Rise – the work of the ILA Committee

Fundación Fide, in collaboration with the International Law Association (ILA), the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, shall host a breakfast session, entitled, International Law and Sea Level Rise: the work of the ILA Committee, 11 December 2019, at Fundación Fide (Madrid, Spain).

For further information and registration see here.

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Conference: UNCLOS at 25 – Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?

The University of Edinburgh shall host a conference, entitled, UNCLOS at 25: Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?, 22 November 2019 at The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK).

For further information see here, registration here.

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Call for papers: Changes in international lawmaking – actors, processes, impact

The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, entitled, Changes in international lawmaking: actors, processes, impact, will be held 10-12 September 2020 at Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden). All agoras could be addressed from a law of the sea perspective, although of particular interest is Agora 1: The Order of the Oceans and Changes in Lawmaking. Abstracts are welcome until  31 January 2020.

The Law of the Sea Interest Group anticipates holding a workshop on the 9 September 2020. The IG usually posts a call for abstract on its website here.

For further information see the main conference website call for papers.

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Conference: What Role for the Private Sector on the High Seas within the BBNJ Process?

France, Nausicaá (French National Sea Centre) and the French Biodiversity Agency shall host a high-level workshop, entitled, What Role for the Private Sector on the High Seas within the BBNJ Process?, 18-19 November 2019, at Nausicaá National Sea Centre  (Boulogne-sur-mer, France).

For more information and registration see here.

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Conference: Fisheries after Brexit

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will host a conference, entitled, Fisheries after Brexit, 19 November 2019, at Volterra Fietta (London, UK).

For further information see here.

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Conference: SEA of Solutions 2019

SEA circular will convene a conference, entitled, SEA of Solutions 2019: Partnership week for plastic pollution prevention, 11-14 November 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre (Bangkok, Thailand).

For further information see here and the draft programme.

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Call for papers: EU contribution to the protection of biological resources in marine areas of international interest

The Spanish Association of International Law and International Relations Professors (AEPDIRI), together with the University of Córdoba, is accepting paper submissions for a conference entitled The European Union’s contribution to the protection of biological resources in marine areas of international interest.

The event shall have a special focus on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction. A first panel will address the protection of fishery resources in the exclusive economic zone, assessing whether the EEZ has served the purpose of preserving marine living resources. A second panel will examine the protection of fishery resources in the high seas from a regulatory and practical perspective. A third panel will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, including the UNCLOS instrument currently under negotiation. A fourth panel will study the environmental problems affecting the protection of biological resources in the polar areas.

The papers must be submitted before 8 December 2019. The event is set to happen in Córdoba, Spain, on 16-17 April 2020. The program is available here.

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Conference: Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) will host the Second Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, on the 8 November 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre (Bangkok, Thailand). Registration is open until 1 November 2019.

For further information see here.

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Call for Papers: Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society

The Law Review Symposium Committee of the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal seek articles for the symposium issue of the journals, entitled, Wasted: The Global Effects of Plastic Waste in a Consumer Society. All authors of manuscripts selected for publication will be invited to the symposium conference, 14 March 2020, at the California Western School of Law (San Diego, USA). Abstracts are welcome until 17 November 2019.

For more information see the call for papers and website.

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Conference: IMO 2020 and Alternative Fuels (live stream)

The IMO will host a symposium, entitled,  IMO 2020 and Alternative Fuels, 17-18 October 2019, at IMO Headquarters (London,UK). There will be live streaming with the possibility of remote participation here.

For further information see the programme and webpage. Further information on remote streaming is found in the Annex.

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Conference: The Dynamics of Disputes over Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, together with the University of Geneva, is organizing a conference entitled The Dynamics of Disputes over Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: Regime Convergence and Lex Ferenda. The conference begins with an assessment of the legal scope of IUU Fishing disputes, and concludes with proposals for improving the management of these disputes in light of the dispute settlement frameworks discussed over the course of two days: institutions for global and regional cooperation, international courts and tribunals, and domestic jurisdictions. The event is set to happen 28-29 November 2019 in Luxembourg. More information is available here; the provisional program can be found here.

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Call for papers: Bringing the “human problem” back into transnational law

The Transnational Law Institute of King’s College London and the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute Geneva shall co-organize a workshop, entitled, Bringing the “human problem” back into transnational law: The example of corporate (ir)responsibility, 19-20 March 2020, at King’s College London (London, UK). Many of the suggested thematic areas will be of interest to those working in the law of the sea. Abstracts welcome until 1 October 2019.

For more information, see here.

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Workshop: Biofouling Management for Sustainable Shipping

The 4th ANZPAC Workshop on Biofouling Management for Sustainable Shipping, will be held 30 September – 4 October 2019, at the Melbourne Conference & Exhibition Centre (Melbourne, Australia). Several panels touch upon regulations and requirements. This event is held alongside the 1st GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling R&D Forum and Exhibition on Biofouling Management.

For more information see here and the programme.

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Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019

The World Ocean Council is presenting another edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit, themed “Investing In Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”. This year’s event will take place in Paris, France, on November 20-22, 2019. Aside from plenary sessions, the summit will also feature workshops; one of them is entitled Assessing Threat, Risk and Environmental Impacts to Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Solutions, Best Practices and International Collaboration. Side events may also be proposed to the organizers. The program of the event is available here.

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Workshop: Les îles et le droit international

The Université Paris 8 is hosting a workshop entitled Les îles et le droit international“(Islands and International Law). The event includes presentations on new islands, territorial sovereignty, artificial islands and environmental/cultural risks. The event is set to happen in Paris, France, on 30 September 2019. More information is available here.

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Conference: Les apports du système du Traité de l’Antarctique au droit international

The Centre d’Etudes sur la Sécurité Internationale et les Coopérations Européennes (CESICE) and the Centre de Recherches Juridiques (CRJ) of the Université Grenoble Alpes shall host a conference entitled Les apports du système du Traité de l’Antarctique au droit international (The contributions of the Antarctic Treaty system to International Law), 5-6 December 2019, at Saint-Martin-d’Hères (France).

For more information see here.

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Conference: Governance of International Courts and Tribunals

The Europa Institute (Leiden University), Grotius Centre (Leiden University) and Amsterdam Center for International Law (University of Amsterdam) shall host a conference, entitled, Governance of International Courts and Tribunals: Ensuring Judicial Independence and Accountability20-21 September 2019, at Leiden Law School (Leiden, The Netherlands). Discussions include critical reflection upon the governance of ITLOS.

For further information see the programme and registration.

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Conference: Global Maritime Security

The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy shall host a conference, entitled, Global Maritime Security, 7-9 October 2019, at the International Conference Centre (Abuja, Nigeria). Registration is free but mandatory.

For further information see here and the programme.

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Conference: MSP Forum “global meets regional”

VASAB, IOC UNESCO, EC DG-MARE and Pan Baltic Scope are organizing the 4th Maritime Spatial Planning Forum. This event is set to happen 19-21 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia. The focus will be on global and regional MSP topics, including the results and findings of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration. Interactive workshops, plenaries and key-notes will give an opportunity to look at different MSP practices and solutions in a global scale. The application to attend is open here until November 1.

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Conference: African Academy of International Law Practice

The African Academy of International Law Practice is organizing a conference entitled “Contentieux Des Espaces Maritimes Africains Dans Tous Ses États” (African maritime spatial disputes in all of its States). The event is set to happen in Paris, France on 25 September 2019. The event will feature eight presentations structured around two panels, the first on maritime disputes and the second on ocean resource management. The programme is available here (in French), and registration is open until 22 September 2019.

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Conference: Sovereignty at Sea – Repercussions in flux?

The ESIL Interest Group on the Law of the Sea has announced its programme for its 15th ESIL Annual Conference Side Event, entitled, Sovereignty at Sea: Repercussions in flux?, to be held on the 12 September 2019 at the Faculty Club (Athens, Greece).

For more information see the programme and the 15th ESIL Annual Conference website.

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Conference: States, Corporations and Commons – Dissonance and Accord

The Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (gLAWcal), American Society of International Law Interest Group on International Environmental Law and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki shall host a conference, entitled, States, Corporations and Commons: Dissonance and Accord, 11 September 2019, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece).

For more information see here.

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Conference: 25 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (Indiana University) and Universität Hamburg shall co-sponsor, with the support of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea, a conference, entitled, 25 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 17-18 October 2019, at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany). For security purposes, attendees must register before 14 October 2019.

For more information see here.

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Conference: EU Law and Ports – New Routes, New Rules?

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host a workshop, entitled, EU Law and Ports: New Routes, New Rules?2 September 2019, at the Palazzo San Giorgio (Genoa, Italy).

For more information and registration, see the flyer.

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Call for Papers: Environmental Crimes Law Conference 2019

The Common Good Foundation in partnership with The Resolution Centre, Jersey Law Commission, and The Resolution Journal, shall host a conference, entitled, Environmental Crimes Law Conference, 31 October – 1 November 2019, in Saint Helier, Jersey. Abstracts are welcome until 6 September 2019.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: The LOSC 25 Years after its Entry into Force – Between Comprehensiveness and Exceptionalism

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Institute for the International Law of the Sea and for Maritime Law (University of Hamburg) shall host an international workshop, entitled, The LOSC 25 Years after its Entry Into Force: Between Comprehensiveness and Exceptionalism, 24 September 2019 at Aby-Warburg-Haus (Hamburg, Germany).

For further information see here and the programme. Registration closes 16 September 2019.

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Conference: Ship Operations – New Risks, Liabilities and Technologies in the Maritime Sector

The Fifteenth International Colloquium organised by the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University Law School, entitled, Ship Operations – New Risks, Liabilities and Technologies in the Maritime Sector, will be held 12-13 September 2019 at Swansea University (Swansea, UK).

For further information (in English and Welsh) see here and here.

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Conference: Maritime Transport & Ocean Policies – Regional Perspectives for The Americas

The Second World Maritime University (WMU) Regional Conference for the Americas, entitled, Maritime Transport & Ocean Policies: Regional Perspectives for The Americas, will be held 30 September-02 October 2019 in Veracruz, Mexico.

For further information see the website.

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Conference: Transformed and Transformative Ocean Governance

The South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa shall host a conference, entitled, Transformed and Transformative Ocean Governance, 22-24 January 2020, to be held at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa).

For further information see the announcement and Chair’s website.

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Conference: Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea

Dalian Law School, The Development Of International Law In Asia-Korea (DILA-Korea) and the Korea Institute Of Ocean Science And Technology (KIOST) shall cohost two back-to-back conferences, entitled, Rule of Law and the Law of the Sea and Transboundary Fisheries Management, 27-29 June 2019, in Dalian, China.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: Maritime Security of Offshore Activities and Installations

The Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law shall host a workshop entitled Maritime Security and Offshore Activities and Installations: Legal Aspects. The event is set to happen on 20 June 2019 in Bremen, Germany. The programme is available here; more information can be found at the website of the IE-LOS Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea.

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Conference: Balancing stability and flexibility in adapting to future challenges

The KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) is hosting a conference entitled “Balancing stability and flexibility in adapting to future challenges. The conference shall be held in Tromsø, Norway, on 19 – 20 September 2019. One of the discussion panels is entitled “The future of the law of the sea and law of the sea research in the 2020s”. More information, as well as the draft program, is available here

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Call for papers: The Law of the Blue Economy – International and South Asian Perspectives

The Second Biennial Conference of the South Asia International Economic Law Network (SAIELN), entitled, The Law of the Blue Economy: International and South Asian Perspectives, will be held 27-28 July 2019 in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala, India). Abstracts are welcome until 27 May 2019.

For more information see here, and submissions here.

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