The World Maritime University is hosting a conference on Oceans and Climate Change Governance. Topics to be discussed include the IPCC’s ongoing preparation of a special report on oceans, climate change, and the cryosphere, the ongoing work of the International Law Association’s committee on sea level rise the global discussion of implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and the work of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The event is set to happen in Malmö, Sweden, on 14-15 August 2017. More information available here.
The Edinburgh Europa Research Group shall host a symposium, entitled, External Challenges for the Common Fisheries Policy, on 11 May 2018, at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, UK). Abstracts must be submitted by 30 November 2017.
For more information, see here.
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.