Essay Competition 2014: The International Law of the Sea
Call for Papers
Recent ecological, technical, and political developments alike pose significant challenges to the international law of the sea.
Whereas legal issues such as piracy, climate change, or the protection of the oceans pertain to the interest of the international community as a whole, others revolve around particular national concerns. For instance, the delimitation of maritime zones or the exploitation of vital (cross-boarder) resources induces a pressing need to find an equilibrium between diverging interests.
Multiple theoretical frameworks lend themselves as means to resolve such issues. First and foremost, there appears the broadly ratified United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Although some provisions, i.e. with regard to the effective fight against piracy or the deficient acceptance of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, may be questioned, the Convention appears to be an adequate means to tackle contemporary challenges.
With this competition, we would like to give students and young doctoral candidates the chance to publish their first scientific papers.
Participants are free to choose both the topic and the exact area of the international law of the sea on which their submissions will elaborate.
Which formal requirements?
The first deadline for your submission is 15 September 2014. The maximal word count is 5 000 words (excluding footnotes). The journal's author guidelines shall be observed to the greatest extend possible.
The winning article will be published in one of GoJIL’s next issues.