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Law of the Sea

  • Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers : Concepts of International Law

    January 6, 2012

    Establishing an authoritative definition of “piracy” in international law has always been rather problematic. The definition is relevant, because any confusion in terminology invariably leads to debates between State sovereignty and universal jurisdiction over crimes at sea. The various international law meanings of piracy are derived from, among others, international treaties, and various municipal law meanings are defined by statutes and State practice.

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  • Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy

    December 13, 2011

    Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy, plus Book Launch of “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” by Prof. Nico Schrijver. On 10 January 2012 at the Peace Palace.

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  • Law of the Sea

    The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 10 December 1982), UNCLOS, is the most comprehensive treaty in public international law and covers a range of Law of the Sea topics, such as delimitation of maritime boundaries, islands, maritime zones, fisheries, marine environment protection, deep seabed mining, marine scientific research, criminal acts at sea and ocean governance. ITLOS and ICJ and PCA have jurisdiction to settle international disputes on law of the sea.

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  • Marine Debris

    Plastic Soup – What Legal Response to Marine Debris Pollution ?

    July 5, 2011

    Solving the problem of marine debris and plastic pollution in the World’s oceans is a very complex and challenging enterprise. In particular, its legal framework. Various international and regional instruments, domestic and local laws and regulations apply directly or indirectly to marine debris pollution. The conspicuously global nature of this problem indicates that a potential role of significance is reserved for international environmental law. However, not all international and regional instruments are legally binding, and not all have a strong focus on marine debris and plastic pollution.

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  • Norway and Russian Federation Sign Maritime Delimitation Agreement

    September 17, 2010

    In Murmansk on Wednesday 15th September 2010 Norway and the Russian Federation signed a treaty concerning the maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The disputed territory covered 175,000 square km (67,600 sq miles), an area mainly in the Barents Sea between proven petroleum reserves on the Russian and Norwegian sides.

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  • Announcement lecture ‘The law of the sea’

    June 18, 2010

    On monday, June 21 2010, prof. mr. A.H.A. Soons (Utrecht university) will give a lecture on the ‘Law of the Sea’. The topics will be international maritime law in general and specific issues like piracy, overfishing and Japanese whaling. Professor Soons will also speak on disputes that states had to claim marine areas. The lecture […]

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  • The Falkland Islands Conflict

    March 12, 2010

    Tensions between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands came to a boiling point when the UK announced plans to begin offshore oil drilling near the remote islands in February 2010. This blog will briefly discuss this complicated dispute as well as the actions taken by both parties in the United Nations General Assembly.

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  • Innocent passage in the territorial sea

    November 12, 2009

    The concept of passage is defined in article 18 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 1982) as ‘continious and expeditious’ navigation through the territorial sea from and to any other sea zone. The passage, to be characterised as innocent, must not be prejudicial to the peace, good order and security of the coastal state (article 19 UNCLOS III).

    Article 30 UNCLOS III states that ‘If any warship does not comply with the laws and regulations of the coastal State concerning passage through the territorial sea and disregards any request for compliance therewith which is made to it, the coastal State may require it to leave the territorial sea immediately.’

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  • Hugo Grotius’ Mare Liberum 1609-2009

    October 9, 2009

    The Hague celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Hugo Grotius’ Mare Liberum (Leiden, Publishing House of Elsevier) with an extensive program of activities. It commemmorates the fact that Grotius wrote his book in The Hague with exhibitions, theater/musical plays, films, publications and lectures in museums and libraries.

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  • 32nd Telders International Law Moot Court Competition (16-18 April 2009)

    February 23, 2009

    The Mare Liberum Case Case concerning sovereignty over Abundantia Ridge and other matters. Rosmarus v Urusus.  From 16 – 18 April 2009 the 32nd Telders International Law Moot Court Competition will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Telders Moot Court Competition could be considered the most prestigious and important international moot […]

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