Conference on Operational Maritime Law 2018

The time has arrived for the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW), in cooperation with the Royal Danish Defence College, to announce the Conference on Operational Maritime Law 2018!

The overall aim remains unchanged: to specifically identify legal positions among experts which may support current operations and contribute to the planning and executing of prospective operations.

The Conference will be held from 24 to 27 September 2018 on the premises of The Royal Danish Defence College, located in the casually sophisticated city of Copenhagen, Denmark. After the enormous success of previous conferences, we are thrilled to gather, once more, naval operators, legal experts, members of civil society and academics for another interesting, exciting, and educational exchange of views and vivid discussions.

This year’s Highlights include the opening keynote, Mr. Steven Hill, Chief Legal Adviser to the NATO Secretary General and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs. He will provide an overview and insights on NATO’s approach to cyber operations.

This year’s Conference will feature the following themes:

  • Self-Defense
    We will be exploring legal challenges and differences between outlooks on self-defense on a global scale. This panel will kick off with a presentation from Pete Pedrozo, Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at US Indo-Pacific Command, with a discussion on self-defense under Article 51 and the use of force under Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter to explore the “Non-Gap Theory”. Just to name a few presentations, Prof. Masahiro Kurosaki, National Defense Academy of Japan, will discuss Japan’s viewpoint on self-defense as well as the legal discussion related to a “Bloody Nose” Strategy. Prof. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, University of Frankfurt/Oder, will provide an overview on the individual right of self-defense and its validity as a general principle of international law.

  • Considerations for the Cyber Domain
    This panel will build upon findings from last year’s cyber panel and focuses on a range of topics related to the conduct of cyber operations such as public-private partnerships related national defense and the impact of Advance Persistent Threats (APTs) on state’s sovereignty. Prof. Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology and former Estonian Minister of Defense (2007-2011), will provide a keynote address for the panel and provide insights on the developments of cyber capabilities during and after his time in public service.We will also introduce you to some characters in the hacker scene. The famous Japanese hacker and activist El Kentaro will provide an in-depth discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of the hacker scene. Mr. Andy Jones, Head of Research with Information Security Forum, London, will deliver a wakeup call for the Maritime Sector – touching upon his direct confrontation during the Maersk attack and including general cyber-attacks. Annabel Jamieson, iDefense Security Intelligence, will also present on the motivations and human factors related to hacker groups and security strategies.

  • Marine Pollution and Ocean Conservation
    Our discussion will include a range of legal challenges associated with developing emerging marine pollution concerns and ocean conservation efforts. Brigadier (NZL A) Lisa Ferris will lead the panel and provide an overview for the proceeding presentations. Prof. Steven Haines, University of Greenwich, will kick-off the panel by discussing the implications and discussions surrounding the annual issuance of UN Oceans and the Law of the Sea Resolutions. Inter alia, Prof. Birgit Feldtmann, Aalborg University-Copenhagen, will discuss the Polar Code and environmental protection by Navies in the Arctic. Among others, we will have CDR (USA N) Joan Malik present a review of cases against the U.S. Navy for marine mammal interference during naval operations. 

  • Containing Rogue States: Learning from the Korean Case
    This panel will focus on operational maritime law considerations and possible enforcement measures pertaining to UN Security Council Resolutions applicable to the Korean Peninsula. Prof. Rob McLaughlin, Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, will present the status of the legal situation on the Peninsula and associated UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs). Bill Hayton, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House, will guide us through the Chinese self-determination to East Asia and its attitude on UNSCRs in that region. Prof. David Letts, Military Law Program and Centre for Military and Security Law, at the Australia National University, will introduce the application of quarantines as a means of enforcing UNSCRs. Dr. Camilla Tenna Nørup Sørensen, Royal Danish Defence College, will present on documented sanctions evasion tactics by North Korea with a focus on the maritime domain and defense programs. Highlights will also include presentations on self-defense principles and ballistic missile launches.

Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions:

The registration deadline is 21 September 2018.

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