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Does the Exception Swallow the Rule?: The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under Part XV of UNCLOS

On the occasion of its online symposium “Does the Exception Swallow the Rule?: The Compulsory Settlement of EEZ Fisheries Disputes under Part XV of UNCLOS” , the Göttingen Journal of International Law invites you to submit your paper for its GoJIL-Focus Section on the topic.

The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2021.

The symposium will explore the legal framework for the compulsory settlement of disputes concerning fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). As a general rule, all disputes concerning the interpretation or application of UNCLOS, including fisheries disputes, are subject to compulsory settlement before UNCLOS tribunals such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) or arbitral tribunals under Annex VII of UNCLOS. However, Article 297(3)(a) UNCLOS automatically excludes compulsory jurisdiction over many categories of EEZ fisheries disputes. This symposium will address open questions concerning the scope of this limitation (for example, in respect of disputes concerning shared fish stocks), the extent to which excluded disputes can be submitted to compulsory conciliation, and the special situation of EEZ fisheries law enforcement disputes that can only be optionally excluded under Article 298(1)(b) UNCLOS and for some of which there is a special prompt release procedure (Article 292 UNCLOS).

The outcomes of the symposium will be published in a focus section in one of the forthcoming issues. GoJIL welcomes any contribution that adds insights to the discussion on the topic. The maximum word count is about 15.000 words (excluding footnotes and abstract), but shorter submissions are welcome too.

Submissions can be made here.

Submission Guidelines.

For queries and clarification – please contact Ida Oks at

Organisation: Göttingen Journal of International Law
Deadline: 15/11/2021
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