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Call for Papers and Presentations on Marine Biodiversity Conservation

2nd Conference on Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea



Current trends and challenges in marine biodiversity strongly suggest the need for an interdisciplinary approach in policy and research. The integration of different fields into the marine sciences, in particular, is crucial in crafting effective frameworks to address the twin goals of protection and conservation. Avenues to encourage a plurality of perspectives on marine biodiversity should thus be promoted.

In this context, the UP Institute of Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UP IMLOS) is pleased to host its second conference on Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea to be held on January 3-4, 2017, at the University of the Philippines College of Law. The theme for this year is Marine Biodiversity Conservation: Dealing with New Normals and Evolving Challenges. The conference will thus provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the breakthroughs and special challenges surrounding the field. Participants are invited to present their research on conservation and protection efforts, and contribute towards understanding the interface between practical management and interdisciplinary approaches.

Submissions from students, members of the academe, and representatives of NGOs, government agencies and international organizations are welcome, particularly addressing the following questions:

  • What are the contemporary challenges in the protection and conservation of marine biodiversity?
  • Are existing regimes for geographic and jurisdictional governance of marine biodiversity (e.g. territorial seas, enclosed and semi-enclosed seas, EEZs, the continental shelf, the high seas), sufficient for its protection and conservation?
  • Are the law, the sciences and/or other fields able to adapt to contemporary challenges and future trends in the protection and conservation of marine biodiversity?

Submission Requirements

A one-page abstract must be submitted by e-mail (up.imlos@gmail.com) on or before October 15, 2016, with the following information:

  • Author’s Name
  • Institutional Affiliation and Country
  • E-mail Address and Contact Number

After evaluation by the Selection Committee, participants will be directed to submit copies of their final papers by November 21, 2016 for inclusion in the conference proceedings. They shall also be required to furnish the organizers their presentation for the conference in January 2017. Any inquiries may be directed by e-mail at up.imlos@gmail.com, by telephone at (+02) 920 5514 loc. 218, or by website at tinyurl.com/imlosmarinebiodiversity. A modest honorarium will be provided for accepted submissions.

UP LAW to host 2016 Stetson Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (SEARR)

The University of the Philippines Law Center, through its Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, invites law schools from all over Southeast Asia, to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (“SEARR”) of the 20th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“Stetson”). The SEARR will be held in UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines on January 14-16, 2016.

The International Finals of the Stetson, which will be held in Gulfport, Florida on April 13-16, 2016 is the most prestigious international environmental law moot court competition focusing on important global environmental challenges. Since 1996, law students from universities all over the globe have participated in the Stetson. Information on the Stetson may be accessed at the Stetson Law website (http://www.stetson.edu/law/international/iemcc/).

In order to qualify for the Stetson International Finals, participants must compete in regional competitions.  ASEAN countries Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, are required to participate in the SEARR before advancing to the International Finals. The SEARR is a great opportunity for law students to meet and compete with other universities in the Southeast Asian region. Law schools interested in participating in the SEARR may send an e-mail to the organizing committee at 3rdsearr@gmail.com.



Qualified Universities

Any university from an ASEAN member state may participate in the SEARR.  A university from an ASEAN member state cannot advance to the International Finals without participating in the SEARR.

Number of Teams

A university may register up to two (2) teams.  However, if a university will send two teams, one team must submit an Applicant memorial while the other team must submit a Respondent memorial.  A university sending only one team can choose either an Applicant or Respondent memorial.

Team Members

A team consists of two or three persons, each of whom satisfies the criteria listed below.  But as allowed by the IEMCC Rules, the SEARR is permitting up to five (5) team members. But if a team advances to the International Finals, the team will be restricted to no more than three team members.   Please refer to Rule C 1 of the IEMCC Rules for additional guidelines.

Team Member Criteria

No team member may hold a law degree.

Each team member must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time Juris Doctor or equivalent program in the law school they represent.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for registration is on November 13, 2015 5:00 p.m. (Manila time). Registration forms must be received by the SEARR organizers via e-mail on or before the deadline. There is no registration fee.

Memorial Numbers and Submission

The Record of the 2015 Stetson SEARR can be found here. Memorials submitted will indicate only the team number assigned to it by SEARR (not the school name).  Team numbers will be assigned upon submission of the registration form.

Memorials are due on November 20, 2015.  Additional information on submission of memorials will be provided upon registration. The Rules of the 2016 Stetson International Finals can be found here.

The registration form can be downloaded here: Stetson SEARR-Registration Form.