September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday hosted an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other drugs by sea to Africa, ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant to ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Addison Morris
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of ...[read more]
February 20, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Egypt put three Al Jazeera journalists on trial on Thursday for allegedly aiding a terrorist organization and spreading false news. All three men, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Al Jazeera has stated that the accusations are absurd and the three ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The Philippines and Vietnam on Friday issued statements condemning a new Chinese law that will require foreign fisherman to obtain approval from China before fishing in large portions of the South China Sea. Both nations expressed anger over the law, claiming that it unnecessarily complicates ...[read more]
November 23, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Friday ordered the release of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise as well as the release of the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested on board the ship, upon payment of a ?3.6 million euro bond by... ...[read more]
October 22, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The Dutch government on Monday asked the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to order Russia to return a ship used by Greenpeace International and the activists who were arrested on board the ship. The ship had been used to stage a protest over oil drilling. The 28 ...[read more]
October 17, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Egypt's treatment of Syrian refugees is a violation of international law, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. Hundreds of Syrians have fled conflict only to be abused and discriminated against, including arbitrary detainment that for some has resulted in forced deportation right back to ...[read more]
October 5, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The Netherlands filed a complaint against Russia on Friday in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea alleging that the country has unlawfully detained Greenpeace activists it apprehended from a Dutch-registered ship. Specifically, the Netherlands have challenged the manner in which the ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Although the ICC's name implies exclusivity, it is one of many international criminal tribunals. Several permanent international tribunals dealing in civil matters have also developed, ranging from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the World ...[read more]

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