In the most recent post on the NCLOS blog, Postdoc Jan Solski comments on a new russian draft law that deals with the right of entry of foreign warships to internal waters in the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Solski analyses the proposed legislation in the larger context of other documents recently adopted by the Russian Federation.
Jan Solski, postdoc at NCLOS has coauthored an article on Russian and Chinese approaches to the law of the sea. By comparing the coastal State practice of China and Russia, Solski and Nengye Liu tease out the legal implications of the Polar Silk Road for the future of the Northern Sea Route. The article is published as open access in the Leiden Journal of International Law!
[Blog] Recognizing Recognition: An Indispensable Element in a Global Regime for High Seas Marine Protected Areas
In the latest post on the NCLOS blog, PhD research fellow Baastian E. Klerk comments on recognition of regional and sectoral marine protected areas (MPAs) under the international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
[Blog]: The last drink of the Whisky-War: A commentary on the boundary delimitation agreement on disputed areas between Canada and Denmark (Greenland)
In the most recent post on the NCLOS blog, Associate Professor Signe Veierud Busch provides a commentary on the need-to-know about the boundary delimitation agreement between Canada and Denmark (Greenland), signed on 14th June 2022.
In the most recent post on the NCLOS blog, Andrea M. Fisher highlights one novel approach to area-based management called Dynamic Ocean Management, and its potential for conserving biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
The Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its annual Conference, which will be organized in Tromsø, Norway, November 23-24, 2022.
[BLOG] Guidelines for Grey Zone Naval Incidents: Distinguishing between the Rules of Armed Conflict and Law Enforcement
In the most recent post on the NCLOS blog, postdoc Alexander Lott takes a closer look on the distinction between naval warfare and maritime law enforcement.
On April 6th the doctoral student will publicly defend her thesis “Robust Institutional Arrangements for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”. She has been given the subject “The Role of the United Nations in the Development of the Law of the Sea.” for her trial lecture.
[Blog] Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean: Has the ICJ marginalized the geological and geomorphological criteria in favor of a distance related criteria?
In the most recent post on the NCLOS blog, associate professor Signe V. Busch takes a closer look at whether the ICJ Somalia v. Kenya judgment is in accordance with previous judicial practice when dealing with the outer continental shelf delimitation.
Perhaps the answer lies in the use of marine resources from lower trophic levels. Mathilde Morel who is a PhD research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea is writing her dissertation on the subject.
Alexander Lott, postdoc at NCLOS has written about Russia's Blockade in the Sea of Azov for the Blog of the European Journal of International Law.
Bjørn Bakke, PhD-student at NCLOS is writing a thesis about environmental principles in the Norwegian Marine Resources Act.
Apostolos Tsiouvalas is a PhD Candidate at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea. His research is dealing with the conceptualization of marine space in legal thought and seeks to problematize the way sovereignty interacts with the phenomenon of ‘mobility’ in the world’s oceans.
Vito De Lucia, professor at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea has written a post on EJIL:Talk! - Blog of the European Journal of International Law on this topic.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics and the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Law is offering an experience based master in Ocean Leadership. The program is aimed at professionals in marine or maritime sectors wanting to advance the blue/green shift towards a sustainable future. The transdisciplinary program provides an understanding of the complex landscape of ocean challenges and builds the knowledge, skills, and capacity necessary to lead sustainable integrative solutions.
25-26 November 2021, NCLOS organized a two-day conference (Aurora Conference) to assess: ‘The limits and possibilities of sovereignty, as both the organizing logic and the central legal principle underpinning Law of the Sea and Ocean Governance (LOSOG)’. This blog post summarizes the main findings of the Conference.
Gathering the expertise of thirteen authors from the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea and the Faculty of Law at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, this special series of articles for Arctic Review guest-edited by Elise Johansen and Margherita Paola Poto, explores the theme of ocean connectivity as a response to the epistemic, environmental and geopolitical challenges regarding our oceans. The concept embraces different visions that include bio-centric elements, Indigenous cosmovisions, and anthropocentric connectivity. Enjoy the reading!
The ‘Due Regard’ of Article 234 of UNCLOS: Lessons from Regulating Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea by Jan Solski has just been published in Ocean Development & International Law.
Yesterday the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) cohosted the fifth annual seminar on fisheries law, in cooperation with Norges Råfisklag who organized the event.
Applications for the 2022/2023 LLM in Law of the Sea Programme at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway are open!
Tell a friend, colleague, or anyone you know that has an interest in learning more about the law of the sea!
As the first state ever the small Pacific island nation of Nauru has triggered "the 2-year rule", Catherine Blanchard comments on Nauru and the 2-year rule in deep-sea minerals exploitation.
Hilde Woker will publicly defend her PhD-thesis on June 4th. The event is taking place in Auditorium 3 and will be open to employees at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and invited guests.
The postdoctoral position is a part of the research project Developing good ocean governance of the Arctic in times of unpredictable and rapid changes (DOGA). The deadline for applications is may 25th.
This week Jan Jakub Solski, postdoc at NCLOS will hold a presentation for both the Vladivostok Maritime Law Forum, and the “China & the Arctic”-symposium organized by the university of Hong Kong & Nanjing University.
In the latest lecture, Henry Jones, associate professor at Durham Law School, University of Durham takes the North Sea Continental Shelf case as a historical case study for how international law produces space in particular ways.
Irene V. Dahl, Elise Johansen, and Vito De Lucia have been granted full professorships. The three new Professors are all affiliated with the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS).
Digital lecture: "International law and the production of space: reconsidering the North Sea Continental Shelf cases"
We are happy to announce that the next speaker in the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) digital lecture series is Henry Jones, Associate Professor at Durham Law School, University of Durham. The title of his lecture is "International law and the production of space: reconsidering the North Sea Continental Shelf cases".
February 2 the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) will host a webinar on Ocean Connectivity and Law. If this sounds interesting you can register by February 1 at: https://nettskjema.no/a/181632. Follow this link for more information!
The latest session in the Digital Lecture Series is available on our Youtube channel. In this session Ingo Venzke, professor at the University of Amsterdam lectures on contingency in International Law.
The Arctic Review on Law and Politics is celebrating its first ten years with the anniversary volume “Ten Years of Law and Politics from an Arctic Perspective”. Several researchers from the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) have contributed to the issue.
We are happy to announce that the next speaker in the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) digital lecture series is Professor Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam). The title of his lecture is “Situating Contingency in the Path of International Law”.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss insights from research connected to the SIRAW project (Regulating shipping in Russian Arctic Waters: Between international law, national interests and geopolitics). The project is a collaboration between the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea.
“The Northern Sea Route: Between international law, national interests, and geopolitics” is the title of the most recent special issue of The Polar Journal, December 2020. The special issue, edited by Jan Solski and Tore Henriksen, consists of nine articles addressing different aspects of the political situation, economic prospects, and the legal status of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The contributions, a product of our successful international and interdisciplinary collaboration, take a fresh snapshot of the different processes and drivers shaping the governance of Arctic shipping.
Welcome to the lecture series «Theorizing Law of the Sea in Context”. Under this series, NLCOS intends to explore law of the sea in context, with a strong emphasis on theory and methodology, in order to contribute to enriching law of the sea scholarship and presenting multiple and novel perspectives. The series will include lectures, seminars, interviews or other ad hoc academic formats that will be either entirely digital in form, or will be digitalized, and published for on demand fruition at any time.
Finally our digital lectures are available on our brand new Youtube channel. Available now is the last lecture in the series, featuring Prof. Elisa Morgera, Director of the One Ocean Hub, who speaks about interdisciplinarity for transformative ocean research! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL3iMgOFpIY&t=15s, and the recording of the second digital lecture featuring an interview with Prof. Irus Braverman on oceans, law and geography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESt04skjXhA&t=14s
The Centre announces a vacant position as PhD Fellow. More information here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/194522/phd-fellow-in-law. Deadline for applications: 13 December 2020.
The next speaker in our digital lecture series is: Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde, One Ocean Hub). The title of her lecture is 'What I have learnt (so far) about inter-disciplinarity for transformative ocean research". Tune in on 15 October 2020 at 11.30 CET. The lecture is as usual open, and you find the zoom access link here: https://uit.zoom.us/j/61982833238?pwd=VnZjZlBhemRTd3lVRnVpamRZUGNGUT09
The Centre announces a vacant position as a Postdoctor Fellow. More information here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/188098/postdoctoral-fellow. Deadline for applications: 21 July 2020.
Vito De Lucia has contributed to a blog on "Squaring the Oceanic Circle? On Regional Approaches to the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction"The question of a global or regional approach to the institutional architecture of the treaty remains one of the key knots of the negotiations towards a new treaty on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The post shares some reflections on a recent proposal from Iceland on a potential framework for a regional implementation of the BBNJ treaty.
"The Application of Teachings by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea" Sondre Torp Helmersen has contributed to a post on the NCLOS blog, describing how the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) applies the ‘teachings of the most highly qualified publicists’ (as the ICJ Statute Article 38 puts it) when deciding cases. The post builds on an article published in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. The article undertakes an empirical analysis of the ITLOS’ judicial methodology, and is the first such analysis of the Tribunal. Findings include Judge Laing being the heaviest user of teachings in the Tribunal, and the Virginia Commentary being the most popular book.
Velkommen til Havets hemmeligheter ved Norsk senter for havrett på UiT Norges arktiske universitet – og få spennene kunnskap om havet i en uformell setting!
Denne gangen er temaet: Olje eller miljø i nord - hvor skal grensen for iskanten gå og er det egentlig viktig?
Dette arrangementet er dessverre avlyst! Utnyttelse og utforskning av naturressurser i det marine miljøet og polområdene har alltid vært viktige for Norge. Bioprospektering og bioinnovasjon har potensiale til å skape verdifulle produkter innen farmasi, kosmetikk, matvareproduksjon og andre produkter innenfor livsvitenskapene. I prosjektet "Rettslige rammer for bioprospektering og bioinnovasjon i polområdene BIOSPOLAR», som er finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd, har vi sett på de rettslige rammebetingelsene for akademisk og kommersiell utnyttelse av genetisk materiale fra polområdene. Nå presenterer vi resultatene fra prosjektet.Velkommen til workshop/presentasjon av resultater fra prosjektet, tirsdag 10. mars 2020, Thon Hotel Vika Atrium, Oslo
The Centre announces two vacant positions as PhD-fellows.For more information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/182587/phd-fellow-in-law-at-the-faculty-of-law-norwegian-centre-for-the-law-of-the-sea Deadline: 1 April 2020
Professor Tore Henriksen will lecture on: "Svalbard and the Ocean. On the challenges relating to the Spitsbergen Treaty and the development of the Law of the Sea".
Read the new post by Joanna Mossop on our blog "Dispute Settlement in the New Treaty on Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction". Prof. Mossop discusses on dispute settlement in BBNJ, its importance within the legal frameworks operating under UNCLOS, and observes how it has not been adequately discussed in the meetings so far”.
Read the new post on the NCLOS blog: Provisional Application of an Amendment to the London Protocol to Facilitate Collaborative CCS Projects, by Professor Nigel Bankes. Photo credit: IMO
Our talented researcher, Vito De Lucia, has been awarded a Honorable Mention from the panel of the Richard Macrory Prize for best article 2019 the Journal of Environmental Law, published by Oxford
Hvordan beskytte livet i havet mot plastforsøpling, forurensning og effekter av klimaendringer? UiTs eksperter rådgir Utenriksdepartementet som nå forhandler i FN om “havets grunnlov”, havrettskonvensjonen.
Interested in legal challenges raised by the use of floating nuclear power plants in the Arctic? Then you should attend this workshop! (will be in English.) Presentations by representatives of:
- Norwegian Coastal Administration;
- Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority;
- International Maritime Organization;
We are pleased once again to welcome all to #SecretsoftheOceans with NCLOS - Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT. Join us and learn about the use of floating nuclear power plants in the Arctic in an informal and pleasant setting!This time the title of the event is ‘Challenges associated with the use of Floating Nuclear Power Plants in the Arctic’.
The Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea – One of the contributors to the IPCC report on oceans and ice.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released a special report on the ocean and the cryosphere (i.e. ice) https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/home/. The report presents disturbing scenarios, including dramatic sea level rise, quicker and increasing ice melting, changes in species migrations, Ocean acidification and other harmful effects on marine biodiversity and ecosystems.
We are pleased once again to welcome all to SecretsoftheOceans with JCLOS - K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT. Join us and learn about the oceans in an informal and pleasant setting!
This time the title of the event is Climate Change and Climate Justice.
The KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) are pleased to announce the JCLOS Final Conference - (?)CLOS Starting Conference: "Balancing stability and flexibility in adapting to future challenges.The conference will be held in Tromsø, 19 - 20 September 2019.
Professor Alex Oude Elferink has contributed to the JCLOS blog, writing a blog post on "Settlement of the Disputre concerning the Arctic Sunrise - A belated recognition of the relevance of the award on the merits in the Arctic Sunrise case?
September 1, 2019 marks the six-year anniversary of the 36 million NOK donation by the K.G. Jebsen Foundation that created the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea at UiT. That funding period has come to an end, but the Centre for the Law of the Sea will continue at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Dr Arron N Honniball, Research Fellow in the Ocean Law and Policy team at the Centre of International Law (CIL), National University of Singapore, contributes to the JCLOS blog and writes about the freedom of navigation following the judgement by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the M/V “Norstar” Case.
Jan Jakub Solski contributes to the discussion that has arisen in relation to the recent tensions surrounding the rights of foreign warships and other sovereign immune vessels to navigate the Northern Sea Route and possible developments in Russian legislation.
Natalia Ermolina sucsessfully defended her thesis "The Law of Shared Hydrocarbon Resources and the Questions of Shared State Responsibility for Environmental Harm Arising from Their Cooperative Management" on the 7th of May.
His book is a sustained study of the ecosystem approach, an legal and governance concept that aims at overcoming the fragmentation of traditional environmental legal approaches.
Jan Jakub Solski successfully defended his thesis "Russian Coastal State Jurisdiction over Commercial Vessels Navigating the Northern Sea Route", on Tuesday 23 April 2019, with very engaging discussions between him and his opponents, Professor Alla Podznakova and Professor Ted McDorman!
On 7 May 2019, Natalia Ermolina, will defend her thesis "The Law of Shared Hydrocarbon Resources and the Questions of Shared State Responsibility for Environmental Harm Arising from Their Cooperative Management". More information about the defense and the trial lecture, here.
Two new posts are published on the JCLOS blog concerning the Intergovernmental Conference on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (the BBNJ process): Kristine Gu writes about “Assessing the Role of Strategic Environmental Assessments in the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” and Vito De Lucia is "Reflecting on the meaning of "not underminding" ahead of IGC-2".
We are proud and excited to welcome everyone to a new session of the Secrets of the Ocean. This time we will talk about the cod: about the cod's importance for Tromsø and Northern Norway, which effects oil has on the Polar Cod and about the legal framework for the management of cod within and outside the Barents Sea.
Wine and snacks from the sea will be served as always. Date and time: Thursday, February 28th at 19.00 in "Champagnekantina" at UiT, Teorifagsbygget, House 6. Welcome!
Promising young researchers within the field of International Law can now apply for the prestigious Marie Skƚodowska-Curie individual fellowship at JCLOS – uniquely located in the Arctic urban research city of Tromsø.
SALT Lofoten, KG Jebsen Center for the Law of the Sea, Norut and the research project “Marine Plastic Pollution in the Arctic” are organizing a half-day workshop on how to reduce plastic pollution in the Arctic. The workshop will take place on Monday 21st of January from 12.00 to 16.30 at Scandic Ishavshotel (Fredrik Langnes gate 2, Tromsø). We invite decision makers in key industries in the Arctic, policy makers, managers and scientists to an introduction session on recent research on plastic pollution in the region. Through the following discussions we aim to identify solutions, key knowledge gaps and barriers to reducing the level of marine litter in the European Arctic.
When Vanessa Arellano from Ecuador was granted a United Nations scholarship in Law for a project on protection of the Galapagos Island, her first preference was to come to JCLOS at UiT. – The Arctic and the Galapagos have many things in common, says Arellano.
JCLOS is proud to be hosting a side event at Arctic Frontiers on 24 January 2019 in Tromsø, Norway. The Arctic is undergoing profound change, causing near irreversible modifications to the fragile and vulnerable Arctic marine ecology and environment. This side event will explore the possible implications between the existing Arctic marine governance framework and the treaty that is being negotiated at the United Nations to provide for the long-term health and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas. Each speaker will discuss the possible implications through the lenses of cooperation and compatibility.
We are proud to invite to a new Havetshemmeligheter ("The secrets of the ocean") - JCLOS' popular "outreach"! This time it is about the new international Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. Is there a need for such an agreement, and what are it's consequences? Wine and snacks from the sea will be served as always. Welcome!
Alf Hakon Hoel from Norges fiskerihøgskole will contribute, as well as JCLOS's own Tore Henriksen - both from UiT Norges arktiske universitet.
It wasn’t obvious in the 1970’s, that the small country Norway, would have the exclusive rights to the resources oil, gas and fish, in a marine area six times the size of our land territory. - We can thank wise politicians with knowledge about the Law of the Sea for this, said prof. Ingvild U. Jakobsen, at the large conference Agenda Nord-Norge last week. She emphasized the importance of having competence in Law of the Sea also for our future global marine challenges.
The need for expertise in Environmental Law is increasing. Starting the autumn of 2019, the Faculty of Law at UiT, is proud to offer international students a brand new and exciting master program in Environmental Law, in collaboration with the University of Uppsala and the University of Eastern Finland.
On 6 September 2018, the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) organized a workshop on ‘The International Maritime Organization and Implementation’. The workshop enjoyed a very good attendance and commenced with presentations from two external experts: Alexander Proelß (University of Trier) and Jan de Boer (Legal Affairs Office, IMO). Subsequently, several JCLOS/UiT staff (Iva Parlov, Henrik Ringbom, Ingvild Jakobsen, Dorottya Bognar and Julia Gaunce) gave presentations on their ongoing research.
Climate change, indigenous peoples rights and Polar bear protection. These issues – and many more - were on the agenda when the 11th Polar Law Symposium took place at The Faculty of Law /JCLOS. – The level of legal scholarship is extremely high at UiT and JCLOS, says the initiators of the symposium.
JCLOS and FNI organize side event to the first UN negotiating session towards a new agreement on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction"
September 12, JCLOS and Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) will organize a Side Event to the 1st session of the BBNJ negotiation in the UN General Assembly, to discuss implications of a future BBNJ agreement for Arctic Biodiversity Governance.
Report from JCLOS' side event to the first UN negotiating session towards a new agreement on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
Read the report of Postdoctor Fellow, Vito De Lucia, who chaired the Side Event.
JCLOS and The Faculty of Law at UiT are proud to welcome all participants to the 11th Polar Law Symposium. Here you will find all practical information about the Symposium.
Come to the mini-seminar in the Law of the Sea that we arrange together with Norges Råfisklag – where research and academia meet the business! Among other exciting things on the program, our Phd's Bjørn Bakke and Ingrid Solstad Andreassen will present their dissertations!
Our Postdoctor Fellow Vito De Lucia and Professor Klara Stensvåg from Norges fiskerihøgskole invites to an new exciting "Researchers' Night" on Thursday 30. August.: Havets hemmeligheter: Genetiske ressurser i det dype havet" ("The secrets of the Sea: The genetical resources in the deep sea: Possibilities and rights.")
During the first week of July, JCLOS postdoctoral fellow Dr. Margherita Paolo Poto organized and led a workshop in Indigenous Law and Methodology. The project was hosted and funded by the prestigious Norwegian Centre for Advanced Study, and took place at the beautiful Holmen Fjordhotell in Oslo.
In October, the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) and the research group for Sami Law at UiT have the honor of hosting the most important conference in the world on Polar Law and Policy – for the first time in Norway.
In the past week, researchers from all over the world have gathered at the Arctic University of Norway, to discuss Indigenous Peoples’ rights to Marine Areas.
The new book "Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law. Is It Consistent and Predictable?" edited by Alex Oude Elferink, Signe Busch and Tore Henriksen of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea was launched at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Nigel Bankes has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "When crocodiles and kangaroos dance together, anything is possible: Report of the Timor-Leste and Australia Conciliation Commission"
Her name means "luck", and she feels fortunate to have spent her time as a Fulbright scholar at JCLOS. At the end of her stay, Onni Irish invites to an interdisciplinary workshop for 5 June that will examine the different ways the Arctic Ocean can be mapped.
- Their expertise is important to us, says professor and ass. Dean at Pace Law School in New York about K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea. Researchers from JCLOS were co-arrangers for a conference about climate change, coasts and prevention in New York together with Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.
Hearing about when Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012 from their research colleagues at Pace University made an impact on JCLOS' researchers Ingvild Jakobsen and Elise Johansen.
Vito De Lucia, JCLOS, UiT, and Oxford Brookes University, will organize a joint workshop in Oxford 10 -11 May. The workshop is called Critical Environmental Law: Theories, Methods, Critiques. The aim of the workshop is to debate the conception and role of this field of legal scholarship.
The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea of the UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, the Peace Palace Library and Le Club de Droit International will be hosting a book launch to celebrate the publication of Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law; Is it Consistent and Predictable? edited by Alex Oude Elferink, Tore Henriksen and Signe Busch of the JCLOS and published by Cambridge University Press.
Reminder: the 11th annual Polar Law Symposium in Tromsø, Norway, October 2 - 4, 2018, call for papers
As previously announced the Faculty of Law and the KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway will organize and host the 11th annual Polar Law Symposium in Tromsø, Norway, October 2 - 4, 2018.
The JCLOS is pleased to announce it will host an interdisciplinary workshop on Mapping the Arctic Ocean on 5 June 2018, 09.00-16.00 at Àrdna, UiT. The workshop aims to bring together experts from a variety of fields to discuss the pressing issues revolving around the Arctic Ocean, from climate change’s effect on the Arctic marine environment to biological resource beyond national jurisdiction. Dr. Larry Mayer, the Director of the Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire (USA) will give the keynote for the workshop, exploring how the Arctic Ocean’s seafloor has been mapped and how these efforts tie into Law of the Sea. By bringing together a diverse group of speakers, the workshop’s goal is to explore how these different types of mapping manifest and interact with each other in the Arctic Ocean.
The University of Porto, the University of Lisbon and the UiT the Arctic University of Norway, through their Faculties of Law and the JCLOS, are pleased to announce that they will together organize the VIIth Colloquium of the International Association of the Law of the Sea entitled ‘GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND THE LAW OF THE SEA’, September 20-21, 2018.
The volume Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law; Is it Consistent and Predictable? edited by Alex G. Oude Elferink, Tore Henriksen and Signe Veierud Busch of the JCLOS will shortly be available from Cambridge University Press. Further information on the book is available from the website of Cambridge University Press. The title may be ordered with a discount of 20% until 31 December 2018. For further information click here.
Anna-Maria Hubert and Neil Craik have published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Towards Normative Coherence in the International Law of the Sea for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction"
Who are our PhD-students? And what are they working on? In this interview (in Norwegian), you will learn more about the PhD-project of Lena Schøning. You will also learn that her former career includes - among many things - making Afghanistan's petroleum act during bomb attacks in Kabul.....!
Lots of interest in the book "Governance of Arctic Shipping: Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States" at the book launch yesterday. The book is a joint initiative between National University of Singapore and JCLOS - KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
JCLOS members are contributing with interesting presentations at Arctic Frontiers next week. There will also a book launch of the book "Governance of Arctic Shipping: Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States".
Linda Finska has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Did the latest Resolution on Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics take us any closer to pollution-free oceans?"
Signe V. Busch has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Opposite or adjacent – does it make a difference? Delimiting the continental shelf beyond 200 nm"
Natalia Ermolina and Constantions Yiallourides have published a a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "State responsibility for unilateral hydrocarbon activities in disputed maritime areas: The case of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and its implications"
The Faculty of Law and the KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, are pleased to announce that they will together organize and host the 11th annual Polar Law Symposium in Tromsø, Norway, October 2 - 4, 2018.
During the last year, we have seen pictures of whales and fish with their stomach full of plastic. This problem is not new, but we have just recently started to understand the range of the plastic contamination in our oceans. What can be done, and may the law play a role? You may read more about this here (in Norwegian): Siste Sang for hvalen?
Research on the ongoing negotiations towards a new international agreement on biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction that JCLOS members presented at the UN featured in the University Magazine Labyrint. You may read more about this here (in Norwegian): https://uit.no/labyrint/a/grenserihavet
Japan is one of the highest energy consuming countries in the world, whilst at the same time highly dependent on import of energy. The University of Kobe invited UiT law researcher Maria das Neves to teach Japanese students about how energy production is regulated under international law.
Due to melting sea ice, new sea routes have opened up through the Arctic. Arctic coastal States and Asian States have different interests when it comes to shipping through these newly-created sea routes between Europe and Asia. How to balance these different interests?
Maria Madalena das Neves has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: EFTA Surveillance Authority Rejects Complaint Against Norway Related to Snow Crab Fisheries.
The seminar was arranged 20 September 2017, during the annual Centre Days.You may now find some of the presentations here. You may also read an article about the seminar (in Norwegian): Stor interesse for ubåter, krigføring og regler til havs.
The Pace Environmental Law Review, Haub Environmental Law Program at Pace University, and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) are pleased to announce the upcoming symposium entitled “Climate Change, Coasts, and Precaution.”
Presentations from the workshop - Ocean Commons: Common Heritage, MGR and Biodiversity Conservation in ABNJ
On June, 13 2017, the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea and the Institute for International Legal Studies, National Research Council of Italy, jointly organized a workshop titled «Ocean Commons: Common Heritage, Marine Genetic Resources and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction». The workshop was held in Rome, Italy.
Lena Schøning has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: Norway's Ambitious Climate Act: Implementation Potential of the Marine Resources Management Tools.
Alex Oude Elferink has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: Slovenia/Croatia arbitration - Is the territorial sea delimitation inconsistent with the case law on maritime delimitation?
The workshop intends to debate some of the key questions being raised and discussed within the context of the ongoing preparatory committee of the United Nations tasked with delivering a draft text containing elements for an international legally-binding instrument under the United Nations Conventions for the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
On 31 May 2017, the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) & Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) hosted a joint workshop with JCLOS on Current Developments in the Law of the Sea.The following presentations were given (downloads as pdf):
The climate is changing. But do we have the legal remedies in place to meet these changes? And how can we, through law, restrict and adapt to climate change?
JCLOS is proud to have served as an Associate Sponsor of the 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy in cooperation with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 16-19 May 2017. The Conference topic was the “The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water)”. Dr Elise Johansen, Associate Professor, and Kristine Dalaker Kraabel, PhD Research Fellow, served as panelists, and Jan Jakub Solski, PhD Research Fellow, was a participant. Other Associate Sponsors included: Australian National Centre for Oceans Resources and Security (ANCORS); Centre for International Law (CIL), Singapore; Korea Military Institute (KMI); Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS); and the International Seabed Authority (ISA).
Join other PhD students on a summer course in the Arctic.
"Methodology and legal science within the international Law of the sea".
The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) is arranging a summer course for PhD students in Tromsø, 15 - 16 June 2017.
Nelson F. Coelho, doctoral researcher in Public International Law at Utrecht University, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: Remarks on the European Parliament’s proposal to ban Heavy Fuel Oils in the Arctic.
What if a ship loaded with toxic chemicals founders in the Arctic during the dark months of the polar night? What will become of the crew? And what about the toxic cargo and the fuel that will soon sink through the icy water? How will they affect slumbering ecosystems deep in the winter-dark seas?
The KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) and its consortium partner the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) jointly organized a side event on Wednesday, 5 April 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/292 for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction
Irene Dahl and Elise Johansen, Associate Professors at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, have published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "The Norwegian snow crab regime and foreign vessels – a commentary on the Juras Vilkas decision of the Øst-Finnmark District Court".
Natalia Ermolina, Ph.D. candidate at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Some comments on Ghana’s alleged violation of provisional measure (a) as prescribed by the ITLOS Special Chamber in its Order of 25 April 2015".
Vito De Lucia, Postdoctor Fellow at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "The Ecosystem Approach for Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Reflections on the Chair’s non-paper ahead of “PREPCOM III”".
JCLOS Associate Professor Ingvild U. Jakobsen is head of the legal work package in a large research project on Marine Plastic Pollution in the Arctic - MARP - funded by The Norwegian Research Council. Click here to read an article about the project (in Norwegian).
On 5 April 2017, the Centre will organize in cooperation with the FNI a side event on the “Possible implications of a BBNJ (biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction) Agreement for Arctic marine governance” at the UN headquarters in New York. Read more about the side event here.
The Centre will hold a seminar on 20 September 2017 in Tromsø on the topic of "At-sea enforcement and naval warfare".
Maria Madalena das Neves, LL.M., will defend her dissertation on Friday 24 February at 10:15 in Teorifagbygget House 6 Aud 3, UiT Arctic University of Norway. All welcome! For more information, click here.
Nigel Bankes, Professor of Law at the University of Calgary and adjunct professor at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "The relationship between declarations under the optional clause of the Statute of the International Court of Justice and Part XV of the Law of the Sea Convention"
The Centre will shortly be announcing new PhD Candidate and Postdoctoral Fellow positions. For more information please keep an eye on the Centre website and/or subscribe to the Centre Newsletter via this link.
Dorottya Bognar, PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning at the University of Tromsø and and a guest researcher at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Sea-change in polar shipping: from Arctic to Antarctic Polar Code initiatives".
Interviews with Tore Henriksen and Margherita Poto about their events at the Arctic Frontiers conference next week
Click here to read an interview with Centre Leader Tore Henriksen about his event at the Arctic Frontiers conference on Monday 23 January called “Regulating Arctic Shipping: Political, legal, technological and environmental challenges”.
Click here to read an interview with Margherita Poto about her event at the Arctic Frontiers conference on Thursday 26 January on Good Governance for the Conservation of the Arctic Ecosystem.
Professor Aldo Chircop will hold two guest lectures at JCLOS: Wednesday 25 January at 9 - 10 am: "The Extended Continental Shelf is not for Free! How Canada is Poised to be the First to Implement an International Royalty on Offshore Oil and Gas Production." Friday 27 January at 9 - 10 am: "Good Seamanship and Collision Avoidance in Polar Navigation: More Unfinished Business for International Maritime Safety Regulation." Both lectures will be held in room 4.402 at Teorifagbygget H4.
28-29 June 2017 - "Protecting the 'Commons' in the Arctic: The role of the EU" conference at the Centre.
Centre Postdoctor Fellow Claudia Cinelli will be organising a conference entitled: "Protecting the 'Commons' in the Arctic: The role of the EU". More information.
Call for Participation and Abstracts for "Natural Marine Resource Management in a Changing Climate" Workshop
The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law are pleased to announce our plans to arrange a workshop entitled “Natural Marine Resource Management in a Changing Climate” on 13-14 June 2017, in Tromsø, Norway. For more information about the Workshop and the call for participation and abstracts please see here.
Centre Postdoctor Fellow Margherita Poto organises event at Arctic Frontiers conference in January on “Good Governance and the Arctic”.
Centre academics Tore Henriksen, Elise Johansen, and Margherita Poto will be opening an event being held at UiT on 26 January 2017 (1300-1500) during the Arctic Frontiers conference. The topic of the event is “Good Governance and the Arctic” and a number of academics and experts will discuss a wide range of issues on this theme.
The Centre announces two new vacant positions: a PhD Candidate and a Postdoctoral Fellow. For more information about the two vacant positions click here.
Nigel Bankes, Professor of Law at the University of Calgary and adjunct professor at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Compulsory Conciliation under the Law of the Sea Convention: rich pickings in the Decision on Objections to Competence of the Timor-Leste\Australia Conciliation Commission"
Christian Prip, Senior Policy Analyst at the Fridtjof Nansens Institutt, has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "Towards a new legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction"
Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate Eva Romée van der Marel has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "The due diligence obligations of the flag state with respect to its fishing vessels and the environment"
On Wednesday 28 September, The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) in cooperation with the Pluricourts - Center for the study of the Legitimacy of International Courts, UiO, is organizing an outreach seminar on the South China Sea Arbitration between China and the Philippines. Venue: Kjelleren, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo.
Professor Alex Oude Elferink has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: "The South China Sea Arbitration's Interpretation of Article 121(3) of the LOSC: A Disquieting First"
- The Arctic states need to have an efficient collaboration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that are connected to each other, in order to protect the vulnerable ecosystems of the Arctic Ocean, says Law of the sea expert from JCLOS in a new book published at Brill.
Research Fellow Endalew L. Enyew has published a new post for the JCLOS blog entitled: The South China Sea Award and the Treatment of Traditional Fishing Rights within the Territorial Sea.
Professor Nigel Bankes has published a new post for the JCLOS blog, entitled The South China Sea Award and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.This is the first of what we hope will be a series of different posts over the next few weeks on the Award on the Merits in the South China Sea Arbitration.
A new publication by Akvaplan-niva AS and Marintek with JCLOS as partners in the interdisciplinary project "A-LEX: Regulating Arctic Shipping: Political, legal, technological and environmental challenges", creates a fictive case studie of the vessel Oleum's navigation in the Arctic region and evaluates its' technical and environmental challenges and effects.
Professor Nigel Bankes has published a new post for the JCLOS blog, entitled The Annex VII Tribunal in The “Enrica Lexie” Incident Makes New Provisional Measures Order.
A lecture on International Law and Negotiated and Adjudicated Maritime Boundaries: a Complex Relationship by professor Alex Oude Elferink is available online in the prestigious United Nations Audiovisual Library on International Law. The webpage also contains background materials to the lecture.
On 8-9 May 2015 a workshop entitled “Environmental Standards for Deep Seabed Mining” was held in Tromsø by the K.G. Jebsen Center for the Law of the Sea. The background of the workshop were the growing possibilities for the exploitation of mineral resources of the deep seabed. Professor Nele Matz-Lück and Dr Ingvild Jakobsen have now published online articles and foreword in the journal 'Marine Policy', which soon will be published in print, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X1630183X.
Maria das Neves, research fellow at JCLOS, attended the seminar “Pushing Boundaries: Potential effects of international adjudication on treaty practice in the Russian and Norwegian context” at the Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read more about the seminar here.
Vito De Lucia will defend his dissertation on Friday 8th of April at 10.15. Venue: Teorifagbygget House 6 Aud 3, UiT Arctic University of Norway. Welcome!
The K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) invites scholars to apply for visiting research fellowships at JCLOS throughout the year (with an exemption for the period 1 July - 15 August).
JCLOS has vacant 1 - 2 positions as PhD-candidates and 1 - 4 positions as Posdoctor Fellow.
Deadline for Applications: 29 March.
JCLOS has vacant 1 position as PhD-candidate on an inter-faculty project "Arctic Ocean Technology and Law of the Sea Research." The PhD-candidate is expected to conduct research within the subproject Technology and Law of the Sea.
Deadline for Applications: 15 April
Registration for the Conference Governance of Arctic Shipping - Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States, 9 - 11 December, Singapore, now open.
Claudia Cinelli, at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, came to Norway through a prestigious scholarship: The Marie Curie Scholarshop from the European Union.
Vito De Lucia, Research Fellow in Law at the K.G.Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, has been awarded The Richard Macrory Prize for the Best Article in the Journal of Environmental Law.
Some of the most internationally renowned specialists within the Law of the Sea, will visit Tromsø during the Centre days at K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea. The good news is that you can attend their lectures!
Kristoffer Svendsen will defend his thesis Friday 4 September.
The trial lecture will be at 1015, the defence will be at 1215.
Venue: Teorifagbygget, building 6, auditorium 3.