Call for papers: Third world approaches to international law

The Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore shall host a conference, entitled, Third World Approaches to International Law, 19-21 July 2018, at the National University of Singapore. Submissions, including upon law of the sea, are welcome until 15 March 2018.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: Human Rights and the Law of the Sea

The International Maritime Law Institute, in conjunction with the Stockton Center for International Law, U.S. Naval War College, will hold a workshop entitled “Human Rights and the Law of the Sea”. The event will be held in Malta on 13-14 February 2018. Issues to be discussed include responses to irregular maritime migration, maritime piracy, IUU fishing, and standards for the use of force at sea. More information is available here .

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ICJ: Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)

The International Court of Justice delivered its Judgment in the joined cases concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and Land Boundary in the Northern Part of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). The first case was presented on 25 February 2014 and concerned the “establishment of single maritime boundaries between the two States in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, respectively, delimiting all the maritime areas appertaining to each of them, in accordance with the applicable rules and principles of international law”. In the Judgment, the Court determined the course of the single maritime boundaries between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (see image below). The text of the Judgment may be found here. Costa Rica’s official statement (in Spanish) summing up the consequences of this decision may be found here.

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Sketch-map No. 13: Course of the maritime boundary (available here)

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USA/Russia: two-way routes in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea jointly proposed

The United States of America, together with the Russian Federation, have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. This joint proposal features the establishment of six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. The proposed two-way routes will be voluntary for all domestic and international ships. No additional aids to navigation are being proposed to mark the recommended two-way routes and the routing measures do not limit commercial fishing or subsistence activities. More information is available here

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India: cooperation with ASEAN in the maritime domain envisaged

India and the ASEAN countries have agreed to set up a mechanism on maritime cooperation to counter the common challenges they face in the maritime domain. The information was confirmed at a press briefing press briefing. This intention follows the Delhi declaration of the ASEAN-INDIA commemorative summit, which reaffirmed “the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, stability, maritime safety and security, freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and other lawful uses of the seas and unimpeded lawful maritime commerce and to promote peaceful resolutions of disputes” and the support of the signatories to the “full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC)”. That declaration may be found here.

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Call for papers: ELI young lawyers award

The 2018 European Law Institute Young Lawyers Award is open for submissions until 30 April 2018. Papers must deal with “a European legal issue that could be improved”, to which many oceans possibilities could be envisaged.

For more information see here.

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Summer School: Barcelona International Summer School in Maritime Law

The Abat Oliba Barcelona University, together with London’s City Law School, is organising a summer school in maritime law. The objective is to provide a detailed insight into issues of current importance in the areas of shipping, land transport and European law. The activities will be taking place on 23 – 27 July 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. More information may be found here. The brochure with the application form is available here.

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