States have agreed to recommend to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elements to be considered in the development of a new treaty on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). A Preparatory Committee was tasked with advising the UNGA on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under the UNCLOS. It recommended that the UNGA take a decision, as soon as possible, on the convening of an intergovernmental conference to consider the recommendations on the elements and elaborate the text of a treaty. The UNGA is to decide at its next session on the convening and starting date of an intergovernmental conference to elaborate on a treaty. More information is available here.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed, during its 71st session, to an implementation schedule for ships to comply with the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, set to enter into force on 8 September 2017. More information about this agreement may be found here.
In the arbitration concerning a territorial and maritime dispute between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia, the Tribunal issued a unanimous Final Award on 29 June 2017.
For more information see the Final Award, press release and case page. Croatia has responded it is not bound by the Final Award and shall not implement it, here. Slovenia’s responses may be found here.
The UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced the UK shall notify the other Member States of its withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention on 3 July 2017, triggering a two-year withdrawal period.
For more information see the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs press release and the London Fisheries Convention.
As part of the 2017-18 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University, Professor Erik Francxk will give a lecture, entitled, The UN Convention for the Law of the Sea and the scramble for the Arctic, 31 October 2017 (Ghent, Belgium). Prior online registration is required. Afterwards, Professor Franckx will take part in a closed seminar with doctoral students. Separate online registration is required.
For more information, see here.