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International Court of Justice determines Malaysia/Singapore sovereignty dispute

30/05/2008 – 9:01 am | Comments Off on International Court of Justice determines Malaysia/Singapore sovereignty dispute

The International Court of Justice delivered its judgment on 23 May in the Case Concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge. The case was jointly submitted by Singapore and Malaysia in 2003 by way of special agreement. Oral proceedings took place in November 2007 and the Court finally delivered its decision last week. The Court found that …

Is the "race for the North Pole" over?

29/05/2008 – 7:25 am | One Comment

Denmark, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Canada and the USA met in the so-called “Arctic Ocean Conference” – taking place in Ilulissat/Greenland between 27-29 May – in order to discuss how to “improve co-operation on the administration of the Arctic seas, where the environment is fragile”.
The conference must be seen as a first step to reduce tensions over the extension of the relevant countries sovereignty to the …

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

28/05/2008 – 9:46 pm | Comments Off on International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Today, 29th of May, is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers which is aimed at paying tribute to the men and women who have served or are still serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations. The UN peacekeeping missions, currently 17 different ones stationed all over the world, have been in the media quite a bit in recent times. In part because they have once again …

Call for nominations to the International Service Human Rights Awards 2008

07/05/2008 – 11:56 am | Comments Off on Call for nominations to the International Service Human Rights Awards 2008

International Service, a development agency working in Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East to combat poverty and oppression, has issued a call for its annual International Service Human Rights Award. Thanks to Valeria Guarneros-Meza for drawing my attention to this.
Here is some background information on the International Service Human Rights Awards (more information, including a list of previous award winners, can be received through the International …

ITLOS awarded for its "meritorious contribution" to maritime law

06/05/2008 – 1:12 pm | Comments Off on ITLOS awarded for its "meritorious contribution" to maritime law

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has been recognised by the International Maritime Law Institute for its “meritorious contribution towards the development, interpretation and implementation of international maritime law.” The award was conferred on the Tribunal at the 2008 graduation ceremony of the Institute which took place on 3 May 2008 in Malta.
In fact, the workload of the Tribunal in its first …

UPDATE: The Pope and the “responsibility to protect”

05/05/2008 – 4:30 am | One Comment

The Holy See has now published the entire speech the Pope held before the UN General Assembly in mid-April (we reported earlier). As has been noted by several international law interested people, inter alia on other blogs such as Opinio Juris and IntLawGrrls, some of the remarks could be interpreted as a strong support of what has been called the principle of the “responsibility to protect”. …

Germany recognizes the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ

04/05/2008 – 8:28 pm | Comments Off on Germany recognizes the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ

Apparently, according to a press release of the German state department, the German government on 1. May handed over a declaration to the secretariat of the UN confirming its recognition of the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. For some reason, neither the ICJ itself nor the UN Secretariat issued a statement/press release on the issue.
If the press release of the state department …

Australia announces extended continental shelf

01/05/2008 – 9:39 am | Comments Off on Australia announces extended continental shelf

The territory of Australia has dramatically increased following the announcement on 21 April 2008 that its claim to an extended continental shelf has been approved by the Commission on the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf. According to Martin Ferguson, Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, “Australia now has jurisdiction over an extra 2.5 million square kilometres of continental shelf, which is almost five …