Webinar: Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action – Private Sector

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Global Compact and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service shall host a webinar, entitled, Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action: Private Sector Participation and Engagement, 21 May 2020 at 09:00 (EDT). Registration is open until 18 May 2020 at 17:00 (EDT).

For more information and registration, see here and the flyer.

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Vacancy: Law Clerk at Oceana

Oceana seeks a Law Clerk to assist the Legal Department, based in Washington D.C (USA). This position is designed for a current law school student in their 2L or 3L year of a J.D. degree or a lawyer pursuing an LL.M. degree. Applications are welcome until 29 May 2020.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Sustainable Ocean Business and the 2030 Agenda

The UN Global Compact shall host a webinar, entitled, Online High Level Meeting on Sustainable Ocean Business and the 2030 Agenda, 2 June 2020 at 14:00 (GMT). The meeting will be informed by the UN Global Compact’s upcoming report, entitled, Ocean Stewardship 2030, which shall be released 26 May 2020.

For more information see the agenda and registration here.

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Unite Ideas: Reboot the Ocean Challenge

Unite Ideas (a United Nations platform) shall host a global hackathon, entitled, Reboot The Ocean, welcoming submissions on 5 critical challenges identified for a healthy and productive ocean by 2030: (1) Sustainable seafood; (2) Set sail for decarbonized shipping; (3) Harnessing ocean electricity; (4) Mapping the ocean; and (5) End waste entering the ocean. Submissions are welcome until 20th May 2020.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Briefing on the new UN Ocean Treaty

The International Union of Marine Insurance shall host a webinar, entitled, Briefing on the new UN Ocean Treaty: Biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), on 19 May 2020, at 09:00 (CEST) or 20:00 (CEST).

For more information and to register for either session see here.

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Survey: the BBNJ during the COVID-19 crisis

The MARIPOLDATA research group has launched a survey about the postponement of the negotiations towards a new treaty for the protection and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The group seeks to learn about perceptions on the potential effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the BBNJ Treaty and, also, how this situation has changed people’s interest and involvement in the process. The survey is open until 17 May 2020 and can be found here.

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Webinar: Threats to Critical Global Ocean Supply Chains – Shipping During COVID-19

The UN Global Compact Academy shall host a webinar, entitled, Threats to Critical Global Ocean Supply Chains: Shipping During COVID-19, 14 May 2020 at 10:00 (ET).

For more information and registration see here.

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Call for Abstracts: International Law and Marine Bioprospecting in a Nordic Context

The Department of Law at the University of Gothenburg, the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland and the the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea shall host a conference, entitled, International Law and Marine Bioprospecting in a Nordic Context, 12-13 October 2020 at the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) and/or online. Abstracts are welcome until 15 June 2020.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Security and Maritime Conflicts in the South China Sea

The Middle East Institute (National University of Singapore) shall host a webinar, entitled, Security and Maritime Conflicts in the South China Sea, on 19 May 2020 at 15.00 (SGT).

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Fuel Quality – Now and Tomorrow Amid Covid-19

SGS Inspire shall host a webinar, entitled, Fuel Quality: Now and Tomorrow Amid Covid-19, on 13 May 2020 at 08:30 (CEST/UTC+2h) and on 15 May 2020 at 09:00 (EDT/UTC -4h).

For more information see session 1 and session 2.

 

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CJEU: Case C-641/18 (LG and Others v Rina SpA and Ente Registro Italiano Navale) judgement delivered

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered judgment on Case C-641/18 (LG and Others v Rina SpA and Ente Registro Italiano Navale) on 7 May 2020. It was found that the victims of the sinking of a vessel, which sailed under the flag of Panama, may bring an action for damages before the Italian courts against the Italian organisations which classified and certified that vessel. Those organisations could rely on immunity from jurisdiction only in so far as their activities constituted an expression of the public powers of the Panamanian State.

The CJEU held, first, that an action for damages, brought against private-law corporations engaged in the classification and certification of ships on behalf of and upon delegation from a third State, falls within the concept of ‘civil and commercial matters’, within the meaning of Article 1(1) of Regulation No 44/2001 (‘the Brussels I Regulation’) and, therefore, within the scope of that regulation, provided that that classification and certification activity is not exercised under public powers, within the meaning of EU law. Secondly, the CJEU held that the principle of customary international law concerning immunity from jurisdiction does not preclude the national court seised from exercising the jurisdiction provided for by that regulation in a dispute relating to such an action, where that court finds that such corporations have not had recourse to public powers within the meaning of international law.

The press release of the judgement is available here. The Opinion of the Advocate General Szpunar, delivered in January 2020, is available here. The judgement is available here.

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Vacancy: postdoctoral research positions at the University of East Finland

Deadline for applications is 5 June 2020 with the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) for a postdoctoral research position on adaptive governance of freshwaters. As climate change drives changing hydrological conditions and ecosystem change, research is needed to establish the key changes needed in current legal and governance arrangements (e.g. under the EU Water Framework Directive). Information on this position is available here.

Other postdoctoral research positions opened at the UEF with a possible legal angle (on recreational use/tourism relating to aquatic environments and on the effects of microplastics on aquatic ecosystems) are available here.

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Dundee

Applications are invited for a part-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the interdisciplinary 3 year research project ‘Risk Aware Port Inspection Drones’ (RAPID). The researcher will assist Dr Jacques Hartman, Reader in Law at Dundee Law School, in his role as Co-Investigator in the RAPID project. Applications are welcome until 31 May 2020.

For more information see here.

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Vacancy: Fisheries Management Adviser at FFA

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) is advertising for two full-time Fisheries Management Advisers, to be based in Honiara (Solomon Islands). Applications close 20 May 2020 at 7pm AEST.

For more information see here.

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Call for Papers: CMI Young Persons’ Essay Prize

The Comité Maritime International (CMI) invites submissions for the 2020 Young Persons’ Essay Prize for original unpublished writing in the field of maritime law. Submissions are welcome until 30 May 2020.

For more information see the Flier, CMI Essay Prize Rules and the changes in rules due to Covid-19.

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Agreement on Control Measures for Shared Pelagic Stocks in the North-East Atlantic for 2020

On 22 April 2020, the European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands signed the Agreed Record of Conclusions of Fisheries Consultations Between Norway, The European Union and The Faroe Islands on Control Measures for Pelagic Stocks in the North-East Atlantic for 2020. According to paragraph 5, the agreed monitoring, control and surveillance measures found in Annexes I-V shall apply to “mackerel, herring, blue whiting and horse mackerel”. Annex VI establishes the Coastal States Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Working Group which aims to “establish best practice[s] in monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) both at sea and on land, and recommend harmonised MCS measures”.

For further information see the Agreed record of conclusions on control measures for pelagic stocks in the North-East Atlantic for 2020 and the EU press release.

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CLCS: Vietnam and China Communications on Malaysia’s Partial Submission

April 2020 witnessed 3 further communications being submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) concerning the Partial Submission by Malaysia in the South China Sea. On the 10 April 2020 Vietnam submitted Communication dated 10 April 2020 (Viet Nam 1) responding to the CLCS Submission by the Government of Malaysia. Vietnam also submitted Communication dated 10 April 2020 (Viet Nam 2) responding to the previously reported Communications dated 6 March 2020 (Philippines 1 and 2). On the 17 April 2020 China submitted Communication dated 17 April 2020 (China) responding to Communications dated 10 April 2020 (Viet Nam 1 and 2), as well as the previously reported Communication dated 30 March 2020 (Viet Nam).

For further information see the previous posts (1) and (2) and here.

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Washington

Closing date for applications is 1 June 2020 with the University of Washington (USA) for a Postdoctoral Research Scholarship about Equity and Justice in the ‘Blue Economy’. The position shall be based at the Ocean Nexus Center, EarthLab, as part of a new research program on ocean equity. The scholar is expected to work within a new team of transdisciplinary scholars investigating the relationships between people and the sea, with an explicit aim to address equity and justice issues in the emergent ‘blue economy’ agenda. More information is available here.

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Webinar: Covid-19 – International Law and the Clash of ‘Rights’?

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) will host an e-Conference, entitled, Covid-19: International Law and the Clash of “Rights”?, at 16:00 (SGT) on the 6 May 2020. Discussions will include the emerging challenges and ways forward from the perspective of ocean law and policy.

For more information and registration see here. For other sessions in the e-Conference series see here.

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Webinar: Der Konflikt im Asowschen Meer

The German Association for East European Studies will host a webinar, entitled, Der Konflikt im Asowschen Meer, 18:00 -19:00 (GMT+2) on the 28 April 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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

The Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host its IV Congress of the Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea on the 12-13 November 2020 at the University of Caxias do Sul (Caxias do Sul, Brazil). The submission of draft papers is welcome until 1 July 2020. The submission of papers is welcome until 2 August 2020.

For further information and the different participation routes see the conference announcement, the call for drafts and the call for papers.

 

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Compilations of textual proposals for consideration at fourth session of IGC on BBNJ Agreement

Accompanying the previously reported Revised Draft Text of A BBNJ Agreement, the President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) invited delegations to submit by the 3 February 2020 (extended to 20 February 2020) textual proposals for consideration at the fourth session. The secretariat (DOLAS) was requested to produce a compilation of proposals received by that deadline (A/CONF.232/2020/3, para. 9). DOLAS has released two compilations dated 15 April 2020:

For more information see the documents page for the fourth substantive session.

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Webinar: COVID-19 and Public International Law

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) will host a series of Zoom seminars on COVID-19, the first being COVID-19 and Public International Law, to be held at 5:00–5:45 pm (AEST) on the 23 April 2020. Topics include the role of the WHO and it’s Regulations as well as port state jurisdiction relating to cruise ships and dealing with ill passengers and crew.

For more information and registration see here.

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Online conference: Virtual Ocean Dialogues

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, is hosting a  global online conference for ocean action, the Virtual Ocean Dialogues. The event is scheduled to take place on 1-5 June 2020 as part of the Friends of Ocean Action. Priority topics to be covered include enabling a resilient ocean, how to stem the tide of marine pollution, sustainable food from the ocean, ocean data and science, marine protection and conservation of biodiversity, sustainably and equitably managing the high seas, ocean risk and more. Further information is available here.

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Webinar: Achieving Sustainability – The EU, Overfishing and MSY

Rud Pedersen Public Affairs is hosting a virtual event series entitled The Blue Deal Debates. The first webinar, entitled, Achieving Sustainability: The EU, Overfishing and MSY, will be held 1:00-2:00 PM (CET) on the 21 Apr 2020.

For more information and registration see here.

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Moot Court: II ITLOS Competition of the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea

The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS) will host the second edition of its International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Moot Court Competition on the 10-11 November 2020 at the University of Caxias do Sul (Caxias do Sul, Brazil).

For further information and registration see here.

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Call for papers: Blue Planet Law – Development and Global Ecology

The Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law shall host a conference, entitled, Blue Planet Law – Development and Global Ecology, to be held 24-25 September 2020 at the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon, Portugal). Abstracts are welcome until 15 May 2020.

For more information see the call for papers.

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Conference: La pollution des océans par les plastiques

The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique and the Institut Universitaire Mer et Littoral shall host a symposium entitled La pollution des océans par les plastiques. This event takes place 30 November 2020 at the Cité des Congrès (Nantes, France).

For more information see here. This symposium is part of the wider les Journées Scientifiques event.

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CLCS: Philippines and China Communications on Malaysia’s Partial Submission

March 2020 witnessed 3 further communications being submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) concerning the Partial Submission by Malaysia in the South China Sea. On the 6 March 2020, the Philippines submitted Communication dated 6 March 2020 (Philippines 1) responding to the previously reported Communication dated 12 December 2019 (China). The Philippines also submitted Communication dated 6 March 2020 (Philippines 2) responding to CLCS Submission by the Government of Malaysia. On the 23 March 2020 China submitted Communication dated 23 March 2020 (China) which responds to Philippines Communications 1 and 2.

For further information see the previous post and here.

Update (03/04/2020): On the 30 March 2020 Vietnam submitted Communication dated 30 March 2020 (Viet Nam), responding to China’s Communications, dated 12 December 2019 and 23 March 2020 respectively.

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Vacancy: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Closing date for applications is 3 May 2020 for a doctoral fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). This fellowship is part of the interdisciplinary project Novel Marine Resources for Food Security and Food Safety (SECURE). The objective of the project is to develop knowledge enabling sustainable food security and safety by a multidisciplinary approach based on novel marine low trophic level resources, cardiometabolic health and legal framework. The position is for a period of four years. More information is available here.

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Call for papers: Iranian Review for Law of the Sea and Maritime Policy

The Iranian Review for Law of the Sea and Maritime Policy has launched a call for papers. The journal is published bianually in English by the Imam Khomeini Maritime Sciences University and features articles in French in every volume. A wide range of topics within the wider Law of the Sea, Maritime Policy and Maritime Law and Regulation fields is welcome.

More information is available in the call.

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Conference: Operational Maritime Law

The Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW), in cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and the United States Naval War College, shall host its 8th Conference on Operational Maritime Law, entitled, Great Powers at Sea5-8 October 2020, in Vilnius (Lithuania).

For more information see here.

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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Oxford

The Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford is currently advertising for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Legal Regulation for Sustainable Plastics, with applications welcome until 17th April 2020. The research associate will be supervised by Professor Catherine Redgwell.

For more information and to apply see here.

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Arbitration: Award on Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation in Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights

On 21 February 2020 the Arbitral Tribunal (Annex VII of UNCLOS) in the Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation) issued its Award Concerning Preliminary Objections of the Russian Federation.  The Parties had 21 days to consider whether any part of the Award should be designated as containing “confidential information”, resulting in publication of the Award being delayed until 16 March 2020. The Arbitral Tribunal unanimously:

a) Upholds the Russian Federation’s objection that the Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction over Ukraine’s claims, to the extent that a ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal on the merits of Ukraine’s claims necessarily requires it to decide, directly or implicitly, on the sovereignty of either Party over Crimea;
b) Finds that the Russian Federation’s objection that the Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction over Ukraine’s claims concerning activities in the Sea of Azov and in the Kerch Strait does not possess an exclusively preliminary character, and accordingly decides to reserve this matter for consideration and decision in the proceedings on the merits;
c) Rejects the other objections of the Russian Federation to its jurisdiction;
d) Requests Ukraine to file a revised version of its Memorial, which shall take full account of the scope of, and limits to, the Arbitral Tribunal’s jurisdiction as determined in the present Award;
e) Decides that each Party shall bear its own costs. [Award, para. 492]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation already responded to the Award on the 21 February 2020 and 22 February 2020, respectively. Both signal that they will participate in the next phase of the proceedings on the merits.

For further information see the PCA press releases (1) (2).

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Course: Ocean Governance for Africa

Deadline for applications to the Course in Ocean Governance for Africa is 19 April 2020 with the International Ocean Institute. The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from countries within the African region. The course outline includes the study of the governance framework, governance tools and governance in action in specific sectors. The course will be delivered in Cape Town (South Africa) between 7 September 2020 and 2 October 2020. The brochure and further information is available here.

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Call for papers: Conflits d’usages en mer et droit de l’Union européenne

Deadline for submission of papers (in French) is 1 June 2020 with the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC) and the Institut du droit économique de la mer (INDEMER) to a colloquium entitled Conflits d’usages en mer et droit de l’Union européenne (Conflicting uses of the sea and EU law). The event is set to happen 19-20 November 2020 at Aix-Marseille Université (France). More information is available here.

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Seminar: The Role of the Law of the Sea for Dispute Settlement

The Embassy of Japan in Greece, Panteion University, the University of Piraeus and the Institute of International Relations shall host a seminar, entitled, The Role of the Law of the Sea for Dispute Settlement, 16 March 2020 at the Institute of International Relations (Athens, Greece).

For more information see here.

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Vacancy: PhD scholarship at UNSW Camberra

Closing date for applications is 20 March 2020 with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra (Australia) for a PhD scholarship on international law and technological change in relation to the use of Marine Autonomous Vehicles in the deep seabed mining regime being developed at the International Seabed Authority. The PhD research will form part of the Australian Research Council funded project “Improving International Law Regulation of Maritime Autonomous Vessels” (DP200102091). The candidate is expected to work with the Maritime Security Research Group. More information is available here.

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Course: Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Application deadline is 17 April 2020 with the University of Eastern Finland for the Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements. This two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy features the study of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) among other instruments mentioned in the course programme. The course will take place 17-27 August 2020 at Joensuu, Finland, and is organized together with the the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  More information is available here.

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Call for Abstracts: 2020 Polar Law Symposium

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University), the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) and the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) shall host the 13th Polar Law Symposium, themed, The Rule of Law in the Polar Regions, 23-25 November 2020 at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 31 March 2020.

for further information see the call for abstracts and the website.

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Vacancy: PhD scholarships at the World Maritime University

Closing date for applications is 29 March 2020 for PhD scholarships at the World Maritime University on Marine Debris and Sargassum Threats in the Eastern Caribbean Region (“Closing the Circle” Programme). The research will focus on three interconnected, holistic and multidisciplinary research themes: 1) Science and technology; 2) Blue / Green Economics; and 3) Societal awareness. Adaptive marine spatial planning is considered as a cross-cutting theme for all of the research themes. The terms of reference are available here.

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Call for Papers: Environmental Law and Governance

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) shall host the VIII Strathclyde Postgraduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance, 19 June 2020, at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, United Kingdom). Abstracts (including those addressing oceans law) are welcome until 31 March 2020.

For further information see here.

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Call for Papers: 11th Annual Conference of AsianSIL-JP

The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL-JP) shall host their 11th Annual Conference, with the theme, Whither Eastern Asian Liberals?: The Aspirations and Anxieties of International Law in Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, 12 July 2020 at Yokohama National University (Yokohama, Japan). Abstracts, including those focused on law of the sea, are welcome until 29 February 2020.

For more information see the call for papers.

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Call for Papers: Sustainable Europe and its Global Reach

The Maastricht Centre for European Law shall host a workshop, entitled, Sustainable Europe and its Global Reach, 15-16 October 2020 at Maastricht University (Maastricht , The Netherlands). Abstracts are welcome until 31 May 2020.

For further information, see here.

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Call for Contributions: Climate Justice Symposium

Völkerrechtsblog shall host a symposium entitled, Climate Justice, in May 2020. Given the effects already being felt on the marine environment and related societies, numerous contributions from the perspective of the law of the sea would be suitable. Submissions are welcome until 31 March 2020.

For further information see here.

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Call for abstracts: Power Politics of Nature

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 March 2020 with the European International Studies Association (EISA) for the 2020 Pan-European International Studies Conference. This year’s edition overarching theme is Power Politics of Nature, which features a thematic session entitled Politics of Ocean and Polar Regions. The session shall include panels on EU maritime security and governance, on the politics of global ocean waterways, on membership, authority and change in ocean governance institutions, and on the governance on regional marine ecosystems. The Conference takes place on 16-19 September 2020, at Msida, University of Malta. More information is available here.

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Vacancy: PhD fellowships at the Arctic University of Norway

Closing date for applications is 1 April 2020 for two doctoral fellowships at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). Position #1 focuses on sovereignty and common interests: the candidate is expected to analyse how sovereignty and other derived concepts both obstruct and provide solutions to the challenges to the oceans and their governance. Position #2 focuses on the legal framework for oceans commons: the candidate is expected to discuss whether the Common Heritage of Mankind and freedoms of the high seas provide adequate basis for protecting the marine environment and whether they provide for equity and justice. More information is available here.

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Vacancy: postdoctoral fellowships at Stockholm University

Closing date for applications is 29 February 2020 for two postdoctoral fellowships in ocean governance at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Stockholm University (Sweden). The candidates are expected to contribute to two ongoing projects at the SRC: the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship initiative (SeaBOS) and the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance (ORRAA). The positions are for two years, full time. More information is available here.

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Call for Papers: Challenges for Law and Development – Responses

The Law and Development Research Network shall hold its fifth annual conference, entitled, Challenges for Law and Development: Responses, 21-23 September 2020, at Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa). Law of the sea scholars may be interested in track 2. Submissions are welcome until 9 March 2020.

For more information see the call for papers and website.

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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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