The Faculty of Law and the KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, will together organize and host the 11th annual Polar Law Symposium in Tromsø, Norway, October 2 – 4, 2018. The organizers are particularly interested in receiving submissions related to the following topics: Indigenous peoples in the Arctic region, especially implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; climate change; climate change and the law of the sea; ecosystem management approaches; areas beyond national jurisdiction and polar regions; the future of the law of the sea; fisheries issues; protected areas; navigation issues in polar regions; gender issues in indigenous discourse; seaborne tourism; polar institutions and linkages with global institutions. Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2018. More information is available here.
Call for abstracts: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
ICES, the FAO, IOC/UNESCO, and PICES shall host their 4th International Symposium, entitled, The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, 4–8 June 2018, Washington D.C. (USA). A series of pre-conference workshops will also take place, 2-3 June 2018. Abstracts may be submitted for one of the 18 theme sessions until 15 December 2017.
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The research project Sustainable Ocean will be holding its first project workshop, entitled “Regime Interaction in Ocean Governance: Problems, theories and methods”. The workshop will take place on 19 and 20 April 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This workshop is aimed at engaging with the general debate on regime interaction in international law and at asking experts and non-experts of the law of the sea to discuss ocean governance issues. The program is available here.
The Human Sea program will be holding its final international conference on 15 and 16 October 2018 at the Nantes Events Center, France. The conference is entitled “Transforming the ocean law by requirement of the marine environment conservation” and its goal is to attempt a synthesis of the legal issues, technological, economic and managerial of the implemented and future evolutions. It will focus on four issues: 1) seabed (continental shelves and international zone), 2) water column (biodiversity and high seas), offshore activities (synthesis on fishing), 3) trade, Marine Renewable Energy, and 4) protection of the marine environment in a highly legal approach (principles of environmental law, regional conventions, EU law). A Junior Conference will be organized on Monday afternoon 15 October 2018, in parallel with the plenary session of the international conference. Deadline for receipt of applications is 25 January 2018. The call for papers may be found here; the junior call may be found here. More information is available here.
The provincial court (Audiencia Provincial) of A Coruña, in Spain, has awarded the Spanish state EUR 1.6 billion in damages over the 2002 Prestige oil spill. The court also said the regional government of Galicia must be compensated EUR 1.8 million; France, which was also affected, will be compensated EUR 61 million. Various private parties were awarded compensation as well. The sum will have to be paid by the captain of the ship and the insurance (The London Steamship Owners Mutual Insurance Association) or by the owners of the ship (Mare Shipping Inc.); the award also mentions the obligation of the IOPC Funds to compensate for damages up to the limits established in the applicable treaty. The text of the award, dated 15 November 2017, may be found here (in Spanish).
Update (21 Nov. 2017): The London P&I Club has reacted to the Prestige judgment, assessing the claims and presenting the next steps ahead. The note may be found here.
The US House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee has passed legislation aimed at addressing cybersecurity concerns at the country’s ports. The legislation’s main goals are to improve information sharing and collaboration in facing up to cybersecurity risks at ports in the US. The bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to facilitate increased information sharing about cybersecurity among maritime interests, namely to establish voluntary reporting guidelines for maritime-related cybersecurity risks and incidents. It also requires the Coast Guard to direct each Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee to facilitate the sharing of information about, and development of plans to address, port-specific cybersecurity vulnerabilities. More information is available here.