Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is currently advertising a position within the Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) programme, entitled, SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in regulatory and governance challenges related to ocean sustainability. Applications are welcome until 31st October 2021. For more information see here.

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Workshop: Global Ocean Governance in the New Era

The Xiamen University Center for Oceans Law and the China Seas and the China Institute for Marine Affairs, Ministry of Natural Resources, will host an international training workshop, entitled, Global Ocean Governance in the New Era, 13-17 September 2021, online.

For more information and registration see here.

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Webinars: Re-Imagining International Organisations and Ecosystem of International Law Series

The Centre for the Study of United Nations (O.P. Jindal Global University) and the Jindal Society of International Law shall host two lecture series during the fall semester. The first series, entitled, Re-Imagining International Organisations, will occur 4 August 2021 – 24 November 2021, online. The second series, entitled, Exploring the Ecosystem of International Law, will occur 6 August 2021 – 30 November 2021, online.

For more information see the programme (Re-Imagining International Organisations) and (Ecosystem of International Law) and the website.

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Call for Papers: The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars will host a hybrid workshop, entitled, The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law, 29 November 2021. Abstracts are welcome until 24 September 2021.

For more information see the website and call.

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Summer School: EU LoS 2021

The Jean Monnet Chair on International and European Law of the Sea (IELoS) shall host the seventh edition of the EULoS Summer School, European Union and the Law of the Sea30 August – 10 September 2021, in a hybrid format: online and in Genoa, Italy. Applications are welcome on a rolling basis.

For more information see the EULoS website.

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Symposium: The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under UNCLOS

The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) will host a symposium, entitled, Does the Exception Swallow the Rule? The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under Part XV of UNCLOS, 26 August 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Moot Court: III ITLOS Competition of BILOS – Judges

As previously announced, the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (IBDMAR/BILOS) will hold the III International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Moot Court Competition, November 8-10 2021, online. In addition to the call for teams, BILOS has issued a call for judges.

For more information see here.

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E-Course: Law of the Sea

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host the next edition of their short course, entitled, Law of the Sea, 22 September-20 October 2021, online. 3 scholarships are available at BIICL.

For more information see here.

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Call for abstracts: The Global Antarctic

The 2021 biennial academic conference of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) under the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), themed, The Global Antarctic, will be held 18-19 November 2021 in a hybrid format (online and at the Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC), Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 2 August 2021.

For more information see here and the call for abstracts.

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Webinars: Eleventh Annual South China Sea Conference

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shall host a monthly webinar series, entitled, Eleventh Annual South China Sea Conference, with Session One being held 30 July 2021.

For more information see here, and registration for Session One here.

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Vacancy: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Applications are welcome until 24 August 2021 for the position of PhD Fellow in Law at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø, Norway). The four year position is based within the project, entitled, Developing good ocean governance of the Arctic in times of unpredictable and rapid changes.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions

The first ILA (Australia) monthly lunch-time panel showcasing early career scholarship, entitled, Intersections of International Environmental Law with National Jurisdictions, will be held 22 July 2021, online. Speakers will address the Ramsar Convention and the protection of the marine environment.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Stuck in a Strait – The Ever Given conundrum

Twenty Essex shall host a webinar, entitled, Stuck in a Strait: The Ever Given conundrum, 22 July 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Vacancies: 2022 UN Nippon Foundation Fellowship

The call for applications for the 2022 United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship is now open. The deadline for applications to be received by DOALOS (Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea) is 24 September 2021.

The objective of the fellowship is to provide funded opportunities for advanced training in the field of ocean affairs and the law of the sea, or related disciplines including marine science in support of management frameworks, to mid-level Government officials and other mid-level professionals from developing States so that they may obtain the necessary skills to assist their countries in the implementation of the legal framework set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and related instruments, as well as to formulate comprehensive ocean management regimes, including within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

More information is available here and here.

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Netherlands/Dominican Republic: Maritime Delimitation Agreement

On 5 July 2021 The Netherlands and Dominican Republic signed the Agreement between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic concerning Maritime Delimitation in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) concerning their maritime entitlements in the Caribbean region. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic (MIREX) [unofficial translation] “the delimitation of all maritime zones was drawn on the basis of the equidistance and will be the geodesic line formed by the points identified by their geographical coordinates expressed in the reference system World geodetic system of 1984”.

For more information see the MIREX Press Release (2).

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E-Course: Alternative Resolutions to Maritime Boundary Disputes

The Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong shall host the 2021 CIL-ANCORS e-Training Course on Alternative Resolutions to Maritime Boundary Disputes, 20-24 September 2021, online (Zoom).

This course is organized in conjunction with the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) and enjoys the support of the US Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. A certain number of places will be reserved for participants from the EAMF countries, and sponsorships are available for a limited number of participants from some of the EAMF countries.

For more information see here.

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Call for Posts: Emerging Technologies

The Center for International Maritime Security, in partnership with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s Naval Warfare Studies Institute have issued a call for articles, entitled, Emerging Technologies. Submissions are welcome until 26 July 2021.

For more information see here.

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Workshop: China in the Maritime Pacific

The Maritime Security Research Group and Asia-Pacific Development and Security Research Group of UNSW Canberra shall host a workshop, entitled, China in the Maritime Pacific, 26-29 July 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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ISA: Nauru requests ISA Council to Complete Adoption of Exploitation Regulations

Through a letter dated 25 June 2021, Nauru exercised its rights under Section 1(15)(a) of the 1994 Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS to request that the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) complete the adoption of the rules, regulations and procedures necessary to facilitate the approval of plans of work for exploitation in the Area. Nauru informed the ISA that a Nauruan entity sponsored by Nauru intends to apply for approval of a plan of work for exploitation in the Area in two years.

According to Section 1(15)(b), following such a request “the Council shall, in accordance with article 162, paragraph 2(o), of the Convention, complete the adoption of such rules, regulations and procedures within two years of the request”. Furthermore, Section 1(15)(c) provides “If the Council has not completed the elaboration of the rules, regulations and procedures relating to exploitation within the prescribed time and an application for approval of a plan of work for exploitation is pending, it shall none the less consider and provisionally approve such plan of work based on the provisions of the Convention and any rules, regulations and procedures that the Council may have adopted provisionally, or on the basis of the norms contained in the Convention and the terms and principles contained in this Annex as well as the principle of non-discrimination among contractors”.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Distant Water Fishing Fleets – Challenges to Indonesia’s Maritime Security

The Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative shall host a webinar, entitled, Distant Water Fishing Fleets: Challenges to Indonesia’s Maritime Security, 6 July 2021, online. For more information and registration see here and the announcement.

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Treaties: Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean enters into force

On 25 June 2021, the Agreement to prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean enters into force. This is the first multilateral agreement of its kind to take a legally binding, precautionary approach to protect an area from commercial fishing before such fishing has begun. There are currently no commercial fisheries in the Arctic high seas, with most of the region covered by ice year-round. However, with an ever-increasing ice-free area in the summer, commercial fishing may be possible in the foreseeable future. The Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean aims to manage potential fishing in the high seas of this region. More information on this treaty is available here (EU) and here (USA); the text of the treaty may be found here. Previous De Maribus reporting is here.

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

The Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea (BILOS) shall host its V Congress of the Brazilian Institute of Law of the Sea on the 11-12 November 2021, online. The submission of papers is welcome until 15 August 2021.

For further information see here.

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Events: Les nouveaux risques de l’aventure maritime

The Centre de Recherche sur les Relations entre les Risques et le Droit of the University of Lille is hosting a webinar entitled Les nouveaux risques de l’aventure maritime (The new risks of the maritime adventure). The event focuses on the risks associated with cyber-security and environmental issues on insurance and on jurisdictional competences, in close relation with the history of maritime insurance. This event takes place on 1-2 July 2021; it shall be held in French, and one of the sessions shall be billingual; the programme and further informatin is available here.

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Events: IUU Fishing Informational Workshop

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University, in the United States of America, is hosting a two-day informational workshop on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. The event takes place online on 30 June – 1 July 2021. Global Fishing Watch and International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network will speak about the most pressing issues in IUU fishing, tools that are being used to address these issues, and opportunities for collaboration in the maritime security environment. Registration is open here and further information available here.

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Vacancies: PhD fellowship at the Arctic University of Norway

Closing date is 1 August 2021 to apply for a doctoral fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø). NCLOS seeks candidates for one PhD position with projects proposals primarily within the theme Ocean space. Proposals, which aim at applying of law-in-context approaches such as legal geography, are encouraged. Project proposals on the other themes, sovereignty and ocean commons are also welcome. More information available here.

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CJEU: Case C-786/19 (The North of England P & I Association Ltd v Bundeszentralamt für Steuern) judgement delivered

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered judgment on Case C-786/19 (The North of England P & I Association Ltd v Bundeszentralamt für Steuern). This corresponds to a request for a preliminary ruling from the Finanzgericht Köln (Finance Court, Cologne, Germany).

The CJEU held that “where insurance contracts concern the provision of cover for various risks linked to the operation of sea-going vessels which are entered in the shipping register maintained by a Member State but which fly the flag of another Member State or of a third State under a temporary flagging-out authorisation, the State that must be considered to be the ‘Member State of registration’ of the ship concerned and therefore, to be ‘the Member State where the risk is situated’, within the meaning of those provisions, holding the exclusive power to tax premiums paid with respect to those insurance contracts, is the Member State which maintains the shipping register in which the primary purpose of entering that ship is to prove ownership of that ship”.

The judgement (15 April 2021) may be found here and the Opinion of the Advocate General (27 January 2021) is available here.

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Conference: The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea

The MERCO Project will host a conference, entitled, The Superposition of Legal Regimes at Sea: theoretical and practical challenges, 24-25 June 2021, at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (Lyon, France). Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to gaetan.balan@univ-lyon3.fr. For more information see here.

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India: Supreme Court Disposes of the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident Related Proceedings

The Indian Supreme Court, by Order of 15 June 2021 in Special Leave Petition (Civil) No 20370 of 2012: Massimilano Latorre and Ors vs Union of India and Ors, quashed the criminal proceedings against the Italian marines involved in the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident and disposed of all related pending matters before the court (Order, Paragraph 7). As per The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(3), the Arbitral Tribunal had decided “India must take the necessary steps to cease to exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the Marines”. Likewise, in respect of The ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) Award, Paragraph 1094(B)(6)(b) concerning compensation due by Italy, Italy and India “agreed to the amount of INR 100,000,000 (INR 100 million) to be paid by Italy as total compensation under all the four heads of compensable loss identified by the Arbitral Tribunal’s award” (Order, Paragraph 3). Finally, concerning Italy’s commitment to resume its criminal investigation, expressed during the ‘Enrica Lexie’ Incident (Italy v. India) proceedings, “Italy will resume its criminal investigation in the events of 15.02.2012 and that both India and Italy will cooperate with each other in pursuit of that investigation” (Order, Paragraph 3).

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Webinar: The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road

The University of Zagreb (Croatia) and the University of Macerata (Italy) will host a webinar, entitled, The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road, 15 July 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Vacancy: CIL Research Associate or Fellow

The Centre for International Law (National University of Singapore) is accepting applications for the position of Research Associate/Fellow (Oceans Law and Policy Programme), with a closing date of 31 July 2021. For more information see here.

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Call for Abstracts: 2021 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 14th Polar Law Symposium, themed, The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law21-23 November 2021, in a hybrid format of online and at Kobe University (Kobe, Japan). Abstracts are welcome until 2 August 2021.

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

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Event: Maritime delimitation agreements and sovereignty claims

The Research Group on Natural Resources Law, the Research Group on International Governance, and Research Group on Human Rights, Armed Conflict, Peace and Security Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo (Norway) are jointly hosting a webinar entitled Maritime delimitation agreements and sovereignty claims: current trends and recent cases. Some of the questions to be addressed are: What can we learn from the recent maritime delimitation agreements for the way States deal with maritime claims? How does this affect non-State actors’ rights? Are we witnessing a shift in the manner we interpret the law of the sea, notably under new pressures for access to natural resources? The event takes place online on 11 June 2021, and registration is necessary. More information is available here.

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Webinar: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award

The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (Swansea University), supported by the European Society of International Law, will host a webinar, entitled, Flag State Jurisdiction, Incidental Jurisdiction, and the Protection of Merchant Vessels: Revisiting the Enrica Lexie Award, 30 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network

SafeSeas shall host a webinar, entitled, Securing the Subsea Data Cable Network: Time to Rethink?, 6 July 2021, online. For more information and registration see here.

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UN World Oceans Day 2021

The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (Office of Legal Affairs) shall coordinate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2021, themed, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, 8 June 2021, online. For more information see here. A wide variety of further events occur throughout the week, see here.

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2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea

The Korea Maritime Institute is hosting the 2021 Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea, 5-14 July 2021, online. Applications are welcome until 20 June 2021. Applicants should be from countries on the DAC List of ODA Recipients by OECD and no fees apply.

For more information see here.

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Event: Protection of Innocent and Transit Passage in Maritime Chokepoints

The Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center at Haifa University (Israel) is hosting a webinar entitled “UNCLOS and the Protection of Innocent and Transit Passage in Maritime Chokepoints”. This event shall discuss practical implications, regulatory tools and lawful responses to violations of maritime transit, with a special focus on countries that are not party to UNCLOS. The webinar takes place 7 June 2021. More information is available here.

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Workshop: Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy

City University of London shall host a workshop, entitled, Legal Challenges Faced by Coastal and Fishing Communities and the New British Fisheries Policy, 8 June 2021, online.

For more information see here.

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Webinar: Ocean and Climate Challenges – Seeking Sustainable Solutions

The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute shall host a webinar, entitled, Ocean and Climate Challenges: Seeking Sustainable Solutions, 8 June 2021 (online). The event will include a book launch for Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges – Essays in Honour of David Freestone.

For more information see here.

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Kadir Has International Law of the Sea Summer Academy

Kadir Has University shall host an International Law of the Sea Summer Academy, 28 June-9 July 2021, online. Early bird admission (reduced fees) is available until 14 April 2021.

For more information see the syllabus and admission.

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Switzerland/Nigeria: M/T “San Padre Pio” Release Agreement

On 20 May 2021 the Nigerian minister of justice and the Swiss ambassador in Nigeria signed a memorandum of understanding providing for the immediate release of the M/T “San Padre Pio” vessel, a vessel detained in January 2018 in Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. According to the Press Release, “Once the vessel has been able to leave Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone, the legal proceeding pending before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg can be terminated.” Therefore, upon successful implementation of the MoU, The M/T “San Padre Pio” (No. 2) Case (Switzerland/Nigeria) currently before ITLOS will be terminated (see previous reporting).

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Webinar: IUU Fishing – Challenges & Solutions

The Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies (INADIS) shall host a webinar, entitled, Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing: Challenges and Solutions, 22 May 2021, online. For more information see here.

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Calls: From Integrated Maritime Policy to International Ocean Governance

The School of Law at NOVA University of Lisbon is launching a call for papers for a workshop entitled “From Integrated Maritime Policy to International Ocean Governance: the progressive development of EU maritime policies”. The main focus of the Workshop is the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy and how it can be reinforced to meet the current and future challenges facing the Ocean and humankind. Deadline for paper proposals is 28 May 2021. More information is available here.

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Calls: European judges faced with migration

The Center for International Law of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, in France, is accepting contributions for a book project entitled “European judges faced with migration”. This book project is part of the Migration and Asylum Policies Systems (MAPS) research project. The goal of this project is to highlight the ways of exercising the office of European judges lato sensu in migration matters in order to understand how the judge determines, organizes and articulates the applicable law or even constructs case-law policies that supplement or compete with national and / or European policies.

Deadline is 21 May 2021 to submit proposals in either English or French. It is confirmed that this call welcomes contributions on the topic of unsafe mixed migration by sea. Further information is to be found here.

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WTO: Fisheries Subsidies Draft Negotiating Text

On 11 May 2021 the chair of the fisheries subsidies negotiations introduced the Fisheries Subsidies: Draft Consolidated Chair Text ahead of the 15 July 2021 meeting of ministers. Weekly thematic meetings to assist in finalizing a text will start 24 May 2021.

For further information see the Chair’s explanatory note accompanying the new fisheries subsidies draft negotiating text and WTO press release.

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Webinar: UNCLOS as a Living Instrument

The IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) shall host a series of webinars during its IUCN-WCEL Environment Week, including, United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as a Living Instrument: Solutions for the 21st Century, 3 June 2021, online.

To register see here. For further events of interest in the IUCN-WCEL Environment Week see here.

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Calls: Les quarante ans de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer

Deadline to submit proposals of research papers in French is 15 July 2021 with the Centre d’études et de recherche internationales et communautaires (CERIC) at the Aix-Marseille Université (France), for a colloquium entitled Les quarante ans de la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer (The fourty years of UNCLOS).

The event is set to take place on 16-17 June 2022. More information can be found via the website of the Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer (ASSIDMER) here (in French).

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Conference: International Law Year in Review

The NUS Centre for International Law shall host its third International Law Year in Review Conference, 25 June 2021 (online). Registration is open until 15 June 2021. Sessions include ‘The Singapore / ITLOS: Model Agreement for the Provision of Facilities to ITLOS’; ‘Ocean and Climate Change’ and ‘Book Launch: Reflections on the Making of the Modern Law of the Sea by the late Ambassador Satya N Nandan’

For more information see here and the programme.

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CLCS: Iceland Partial Revised Submission

On 31 March 2021 Iceland submitted to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf a Partial Revised Submission in respect of the western, southern and south-eastern parts of Reykjanes Ridge. This region also featured in Iceland’s 2009 Partial Submission in respect of the Ægir Basin Area and the Western and Southern Parts of Reykjanes Ridge, for which the CLCS adopted Recommendations in 2016. The 2021 Revised Partial Submission “is limited to Reykjanes Ridge, as the Icelandic Government agrees with the recommendations provided for the Ægir Basin Area” (Executive Summary).

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Calls: Indian Journal of International Law

Closing date for submission of papers is 15 August 2021 with the Indian Journal of International Law (IJIL). The Editorial Board of IJIL particularly encourages submissions that are relevant to the developing countries, Asian and African approaches to International Law and India. It is understood that contributions on the International Law of the Sea are welcome. Details for submission are available here. More information can be found at the website of the Indian Society of International Law.

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