ASCOMARE signs the BIMCO “Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy”
On 23 June 2021, ASCOMARE became a signatory to the “Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy“, promoted by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).
The Declaration aims at improving maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea by developing a stronger regional, national and international response to maritime piracy. This will have the main advantage of drastically reducing the safety risks of seafarers and other sea-operators working in the West African region, in line with the objectives of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other international treaties promoting a peaceful use of maritime spaces and resources.
ASCOMARE joins BILOS in celebrations for the first year of the “Ao Mar!” podcast
The President of ASCOMARE, Mr Pierandrea Leucci, took part in the 21st episode of the prestigious “Ao Mar!”, as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS). The episode celebrates the first year from the beginning of the successful podcast’ series organised by BILOS.
The 21st episode of “Ao Mar!” was the opportunity to explore more in details the work carried out by BILOS and its staff to promote the study of the Law of the Sea both in Brazil and overseas. The list of activities conducted by the Institute includes congresses, seminars, the ITLOS Moot Court’s competition, as well as the annual publication of a number of Law of the Sea books and articles.
ASCOMARE and BILOS concluded a partnership agreement for the Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS) in October 2020, and then agreed to strengthen and expand the scope of their cooperation in March 2021.
Click here to listed to the full “Ao Mar!” 21st episode.
More information about the staff and the activities of BILOS can be found here.
“Welcome onboard, Filippo!”
The ASCOMARE crews welcomes Filippo Piluso, the new Law of the Sea trainee who joined the team in March to support the work of the association in a number of activities, including the Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS), the Small-Scale Fisheries Project, and acquisition. Filippo is a law graduate at Luiss Guido Carli University with a thesis in Law of the Sea. He served as Research Analyst at Archipelagos – Institute of Marine Conservation (2021), supported the work of the Organization Legambiente (2016), and worked as Project Manager for an international environmental workcamp in the Regional Park of Castelli Romani on behalf of the same organization (2019).
The YLoS Editorial Board selected the articles for Volume 1 on “Law of the Sea and Definitions”
Today, the Editorial Board of the Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS), consisting of members of the ASCOMARE team and external experts, selected the final list of contributions to be included in the text of Volume 1 of the YLoS centering on “Law of the Sea and Definitions.”
The Board was faced with the difficult task of selecting a short number of abstracts from the extensive list of submissions received from all over the world. The task was made even more challenging by the high-quality level of such submissions, as well as by the large number of interesting and well-thought-out papers proposals.
In order to reach its final decision, the Board took into consideration a number of elements, including the object, purpose and quality of the abstract, the originality of the topic, the inter-disciplinary scope of the proposal, and the need to avoid (as far as possible) duplication. One of the aspects that the Board considered with particular appreciation was the efforts made by many authors to look at undefined terms through the lens of some pressing contemporary issues, such as climate change, COVID-19 and human rights considerations.
The team of ASCOMARE would like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants – regardless of the successful status of their application – for their time, support and valuable contribution.
We are very proud of the incredible number of students and professionals, including scientists, lawyers and economists, who shared their ideas and proposals for this ambitious project.
Looking forward to receiving your submissions also for the next Volume of the YLoS.
Exchange of letters between ASCOMARE and BILOS on Scientific Cooperation in the Law of the Sea
On February 26th, 2021, the ‘Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare’ (ASCOMARE) and the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS) agreed to strengthen and expand their cooperation in the field of the law of the sea, building on the very successful partnership established in October 2020 for the ASCOMARE Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS).
The Parties agreed on the importance to promote the study of the law of the sea, whether in Italy, Brazil and abroad, to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment, as well as to consolidate an international network of experts and organisations working on the law of the sea and related matters.
The Team of ASCOMARE very much welcomes this new important cooperation with BILOS, which enables the two institutions to proactively promote a better understanding of the law of the sea, while also facilitating an exchange of views on Oceans problems and possible solutions.
Exchange of letters between ASCOMARE and CiRAM on Scientific Cooperation in the Law of the Sea
On February 6th, 2021, the Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare (ASCOMARE) and the Centro interdipartimentale di Ricerca sull’Adriatico e il Mediterraneo (CiRAM) of the University of Macerata, agreed on the development of a partnership in the form of an exchange of letters between the President of ASCOMARE, Mr. Pierandrea Leucci, and the CiRAM Coordinator, Prof. Andrea Caligiuri.
In their letters, the Parties highlighted the importance to promote the study of the law of the sea on a national, regional and international level, as well as to consolidate a network of experts and organisations working on cross-sectoral areas of international law.
Building on that, ASCOMARE and CiRAM agreed on a scientific cooperation aiming to plan, develop and jointly implement a number of law of the sea activities and initiatives, whether in Italy and abroad.
The Team of ASCOMARE very much welcomes this important cooperation, which enables the two institutions to proactively promote a better understanding of the law of the sea, while also facilitating an exchange of views on Oceans problems and possible solutions.
Call for papers – ASCOMARE Yearbook on the Law of the Sea
The Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare (ASCOMARE) is pleased to announce its upcoming call for papers for the Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS). The first Volume of the Yearbook will focus on ‘Law of the Sea and Definitions’ and welcomes submissions examining the content and legal scope of undefined terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related instruments.
The Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS), and the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) are supporting the initiative. Such collaboration brings enormous value to the project. The Editorial Board of the Yearbook comprises members of ASCOMARE, as well as international law specialists and academics.
The YLoS will be released in a digital open-access version to allow readers, North and South, to get access to academic knowledge that is normally available only behind large paywalls. Next to the online open-access version, a paper version of the YLoS will also be available for sale.
Concluding with the words of the President of ASCOMARE, Mr Pierandrea Leucci: “Promoting uniformity in the way the law of the sea should be interpreted and applied is one of the main objectives of ASCOMARE. We opted for a Yearbook series since this wants to be the beginning of a journey, and not its final destination. A journey we believe everyone should be able to join, either by contributing to the manuscript, or by getting free access to its content.”
The call for papers is going to be launched on November 9th, 2020. Submissions are welcome both in English and Italian. The most insightful contribution will be awarded with a copy of the prestigious Volume I of the Virginia Commentary. Further information on the initiative will be available here.