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Law of the Sea conference taking place in Rhodes

THE Rhodes Academy for Maritime Law and Policy is holding its annual three-week session in Rhodes, which will end on July 22.

The Academy was established by the University of Virginia Law of the Sea Centre in the United States, the Max Planck Institute of Germany and other distinguished academic institutions in the Netherlands, Singapore and Iceland as well as the Aegean Institute.

As every year, over fifty students (academics, junior government officials including from several missions to the United Nations, scientists etc.) are attending the session which covers all aspects of the Law of the Sea (including the regime of islands, delimitation of zones of maritime jurisdiction, the laying of cables and pipelines). The Faculty includes judges of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea, Arbitrators and distinguished academics and practitioners specialising in the Law of the Sea.

Ambassador Andreas Jacovides, lecturing at the Academy on July 8, on the topic “Regime of Islands”, stressed the importance of Article 121 of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention which establishes that islands are in the same position in terms of entitlement to the zones of maritime jurisdiction (territorial sea, contiguous zone, continental shelf, exclusive economic zone) as continental territories.

He also highlighted the importance of the three Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Delimitation Agreements between the Republic of Cyprus and Egypt (2003), Lebanon (2007) and Israel (2010). These agreements, based on the application of the pure median line and including provision for arbitration in case disputes arise, are model agreements for other states to emulate in analogous situations and they should be preserved in any future Cyprus settlement.

Ambassador Jacovides has been on the Faculty of the Rhodes Academy since 2004. He was head of the Cyprus delegation to the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference (!973-82) and negotiated and signed on behalf of Cyprus the I982 UNCLOS III. He has since then been actively engaged in Law of the Sea developments, including currently in the issues in the South China Sea.



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