Some International Law of the Sea Issues of Special Interest to Hong Kong

26 April 2019 (Friday)


Academic Conference Room, 11th Floor, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Public Lecture

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Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

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About the event:
Judge Kittichaisaree will explain the reasoning of ITLOS in its latest Judgment, rendered in early April 2019 in the M/V Norstar case between Panama and Italy, in which ITLOS has interpreted the scope of a vessel’s freedom of navigation as opposed to law enforcement by the coastal State against that vessel. This Judgment should be of interest to Hong Kong’s law enforcement agencies and shipping industry. Bearing in mind that Hong Kong is a major market for fishery products, Judge Kittichaisaree will discuss the international law applicable to port States and market States in relation to fish caught by illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Finally, the law of the sea governing the impact of sea level rise on maritime entitlement of insular features or even national survival of island States will be analyzed.

About the Speaker:
Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, is a Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has served as a member of the UN International Law Commission, Chairman of the Working Group on the Administration of Justice at the UN, President of the 25th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and is a Conciliator under Annex V as well as an Arbitrator under Annex VII to the 1982 Convention. He has served as Thailand’s Ambassador to Iran, Australia, and the Russian Federation. He has taught courses on public international law at the University of New South Wales, National University of Singapore, Duke University's Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law, University of Hamburg, and held a visiting fellowship at Oxford University.