The interaction between the Law of the Sea and EU law is an area of increasing importance, which has nonetheless so far attracted too little attention.
The role of the EU with regard to the rights and duties implied in the use of world’s oceans is worth an ad hoc scrutiny not only in the light of the enhanced presence of the EU in the international arena but also because of a strategic interest that the EU has developed in recent years. Issues such as marine spatial planning, piracy, the preservation of the marine environment and the navigational use of the Arctic – just to give a few examples – have been for long at the top of the agenda of the EU and, occasionally, a reason of divergence between the EU and its Member States.
Both the EU and its Member States are parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the basis of the principle of attributed powers, according to which each contracting party assumes the rights and obligations deriving therefrom to the extent allowed by their respective competences. The recent practice has, however, shown that uncertainties if not outright clashes may indeed arise. Several contentious cases have been brought to attention of the Court of Justice of the EU either by way of infringement proceedings or because of alleged inconsistencies between EU law and international maritime treaties to which the Member States themselves are contracting parties.
All of the above… and more is at the heart of the Summer School on European Union and the Law of the Sea, to be held for three consecutive years (2015-2017) alternatively in Italy and in Germany.
The venue for 2017 will be the City of Genoa, capital of the Liguria Region, located in the North West of Italy, at the heart of the Ligurian Riviera, served by the International Airport “Cristoforo Colombo” as well as by the Italian railway and motorway networks. The event will be hosted by the University of Genoa and will take place from 28 August – 8 September at the training centre of the Genoa Bar Association and at other venues, including the Italian Navy’s Institute of Hydrography.
The application period runs from 1 April – 4 August 2017 and applications can be sent electronically via http://eu-los.eu. The ideal candidate will have completed a five- or at least a three-year long university program in law, political science, international relations, maritime studies, marine science, maritime economy or equivalent. Students enrolled in a University program lasting longer than three years, who are at least in their fourth year and with an interest in the field will also be considered. Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers and young professionals in any of the above areas are encouraged to apply.
The working language of the summer school is English; a good command of English is therefore essential and evidence of proficiency may be requested.
You may access the full programme of the Summer School.
PIL Advisory Group is pleased to announce that three of its law of the sea experts will be among the speakers of the Summer School 2017: Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, professor David M. Ong and professor Vasco Becker-Weinberg. EULoS director, professor Lorenzo Schiano di Pepe, is also a member of PIL Advisory Group.
Images: up: Panorama del porto di Genova dal castello, via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Panorama_di_Genova#/media/File:Genova-Castello_d%27Albertis-panorama.jpg. Down: Istituto Idrografico della Marina (Hydrographic Institute of the Italian Navy) in Genova, at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genova_Istituto_Idrografico.jpg