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Cymie Payne

Sep 5, 2014

Please congratulate Cymie Payne who recently argued before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg for a case brought by seven West African countries. They are asking the Tribunal to define the legal obligations of flag state and international organizations (like the EU) with respect to their vessels engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the waters for which these African countries have jurisdiction. The case is important because of the significance of the subject matter; it is also the first time that the Tribunal has been asked to give an advisory opinion on a topic other than deep seabed mining. Dr. Payne also represented IUCN in that case in 2010. The Tribunal website (see below) has a video of the presentation (see the archive of oral arguments and click on Friday), as well as the written submissions and all of the information about the case. The US has not signed onto the Law of the Sea Convention, so it is an unusual honor for an American scholar to be asked to act as legal counsel before the Tribunal. Dr. Payne is also one of the very few women to have done so!


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