Arctic Council: Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation enters into force

The Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation has entered into force on 23 May 2018. This legally binding agreement was signed last year by the eight members of the Arctic Council. The purpose of this agreement is “to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the development of scientific knowledge about the Arctic”, namely by facilitating access to “civilian research infrastructure and facilities and logistical services”, to the “Identified Geographic Areas” and to “scientific information”. The document calls for each party to designate a “competent national authority” as a point of contact to facilitate communication between and among parties. The text of the agreement may be found here. More information about the signature may be found here (USA), here (Canada) and here (Russian Federation).

Date: 02/27/2018 Description: Map of area covered by the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation - State Dept Image

The “Identified Geographic Areas” of the Agreement. Source: USA Department of State.

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Conference: European Maritime Day 2018

The European Union is organizing the European Maritime Day, which will take place in Burgas, Bulgaria. This year’s edition will feature a debate on how to spur sustainable blue growth, generate investment and increase cooperation for an economic boom of the Black Sea region. It will also include a session on how to facilitate access to EU funds for Blue Growth and Sea-basin-cooperation projects. The event takes place on 31 May and 1 June 2018. The plenary sessions will be webstreamed. The programme of the event may be found here.

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EU: Commission proposes directive on single-use plastic products and fishing gear

The European Commission published its Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, 28 May 2018. The directive would apply to single-use plastic products listed in the Annex and to fishing gear containing plastic (art. 2). In general, see pp. 4-5 and 8 for the position of the proposal within wider fisheries, plastic marine litter, marine pollution and oceans governance law and policy of the EU. Preamble, para. 4 addresses the multilateral framework.

For more information, see the press release and further information on fishing gear.

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Conference: From Strasbourg to Hamburg – the human dimension of the Law of the Sea

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Law Faculty of the University of Basel shall host a panel-discussion, entitled, From Strasbourg to Hamburg: the Human Dimension of the Law of the Sea, on the 11 June 2018 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (The Hague, Netherlands).

For more information and registration see here.

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IMO: Special Event on Ports + World Port Security Summit

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is hosting a couple of events on port security. The 11 June 2018 special event on ports will maintain the focus of IMO’s World Maritime Day theme for 2017 “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” through a programme of presentations (the outline of the sessions is available here). This will be followed by a symposium on port security operations (12-13 June), co-hosted with the International Organization of Airport & Seaport Police (INTERPORTPOLICE). This second event will focus on the exchange of best practices on port security and law enforcement. More information about these events may be found in the IMO Circular Letter No. 3815 and also here (IMO) or here (INTERPORTPOLICE).

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Cape Verde: regime for the protection and conservation of marine turtles enters into force

The special legal regime for the protection and conservation of marine turtles has entered into force on 22 May 2018. It aims to provide legal protection to any turtle that frequents the maritime zones under the jurisdiction of Cape Verde, as well as derived products. This regime establishes, among other “crimes against the marine turtles” (Art. 20), that penalties shall apply to the consumption of meat, eggs or any remains or parts of marine turtle. The law (Decreto-Legislativo n.º 1/2018), may be found here (in Portuguese).

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Conference: Les droits de l’Homme et la Mer

The annual conference of the Fondation René Cassin, entitled, Les droits de l’Homme et la Mer, will be held 24 – 25 May 2018, at Le Mans Université (Le Mans, France).

For more information see the programme, and registration here.

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