South Korea to host global forum on maritime law

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Yonhap)

South Korea is expected to host an annual international forum on maritime law, paving the way for judicial and academic officials to discuss emerging challenges related to new ocean technologies and environmental crises, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) will jointly hold the Sixth International Conference on the Law of the Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday in Incheon, west of Seoul.

Albert Hoffmann, President of ITLOS, and Ham Sang-wook, Seoul Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs, will speak at the online and offline forum, which will be attended by judges from ITLOS, government officials and experts.

This year’s conference will focus on how to define the legal framework to regulate ocean space, its uses and resources based on new maritime technologies and changing baselines or jurisdictional areas affected by warming. climate, the ministry said.

The tribunal is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising from the interpretation and application of the treaty. (Yonhap)