Author Archives: A.N. Honniball

Lecture: The Security Situation in the Asia Pacific Region and Japan’s Role

The Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe) will host a lecture by Japanese Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr. Hiroshi Inomata, entitled, The Security Situation in the Asia Pacific Region and Japan’s Role, 15 January 2018, at Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands).

For more information and registration, see here.

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India: M/V Seaman Guard Ohio crew and persons aboard aquitted

Dated the 27 November 2017, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court acquitted the 35 person aboard the M/V Seaman Guard Ohio, arrested four years ago for offences under the 1959 Arms Act. Of interest to law of the sea scholars, the case touched upon the drawing of baselines, innocent passage, and the stopping and anchoring rendered necessary by force majeure or distress (UNCLOS, art. 18(2)).

A copy of the judgement is available here.

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China: Enhanced inspection on ship pollution for Hainan province

The Ship Pollution Control Implementation Plan of Hainan Province, implemented 3 November 2017 to 3 December 2018, will include a port state inspection campaign. This will be  focused upon compliance with  the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978, Annex VI and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments.

For more information see here (English translation), and here.

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EU: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2178 IUU fishing vessel list 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/217822 November 2017, amends Regulation (EU) No 468/2010 establishing the EU list of vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. As with previous amendments, the Union list is compiled from RFMO/A listed IUU fishing vessels (Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008, art. 30) and does not as yet make use of the unilateral listing procedure (Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008, art. 27(1)).

For more information see here (citation: OJ L 307, 23.11.2017p. 14–24).

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Mexico: Revillagigedo National Park Decree

On the 24 November 2017, the President of Mexico signed the Revillagigedo National Park Decree, establishing the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park of approximately 14.8 million hectares. Fishing, resource extraction and construction will be restricted.

For more information see the official press release here and Pew Trust coverage here.

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Conference: The North Sea as a Source of Sustainable Energy and Law

The Groningen Centre of Energy Law shall host a conference, entitled, The North Sea as a Source of Sustainable Energy and Law8 December 2017, at the Hilton (The Hague, Netherlands).

For more information, see here.

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Conference: Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) shall host the biannual Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, held alongside the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11), 11-13 December 2017 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

For more information, see the programme here.

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