November 2, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
09/22/2014: IBA urged reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights 09/17/2014: Report proposed recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests 06/08/2014: UN called for protection of the oceans on World Oceans Day 06/02/2014: ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Addison Morris
In defiance of an International Whaling Commission non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific ...[read more]
June 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day calling on the international community to "commit to keep healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." The ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice laying claim to a 240-mile area in Chile that provides access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia reportedly lost its claim of ownership to the land during a war with Chile in the 1800s. Chile alleges a ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement ...[read more]
January 27, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius just three years before freeing ...[read more]
October 4, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that, in order to counter China's attempts to expand its maritime jurisdiction, the US must become a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea...US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her diplomatic hat ...[read more]
December 5, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
Seychelles President James Michel on Monday asked world leaders to address security problems in Somalia with greater urgency on Monday in order to lower the rate of Somali pirate attacks in the southern Indian Ocean. In letters to a number of leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Michel ...[read more]
July 26, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On July 26, 2010, the Supreme Court of Seychelles convicted 11 Somalis of acts of piracy, sentencing each of them to 10 years in prison. The 11 men had been apprehended in the Indian Ocean following the attempted hijacking of a Seychelles coastguard ship in December 2009. The island nation had ...[read more]

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