The Foundation welcomed 34 participants (thereof 4 part-time) from 25 different countries from around the world. With nationals from 6 countries not having been represented at the Summer Academy before, our “Global Reach” grew to 118 nations with 333 Alumni on all continents. Four of the attendees were seconded by the Tribunal within the framework of the Nippon Program; 30 were chosen by the Foundation in cooperation with the Tribunal. The number of applications remained below the exceptional level of previous years but, once again, the Foundation took note of a sustained high degree of academic qualification and professional achievements amongst the applicants.
The 2016 session was supported by Edmund Siemers-Stiftung , the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and The Nippon Foundation. 5 individual Scholarships were granted by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR – Michael Behrendt Scholarship), Gujarat National Law University, the Jens-Peter und Betsy Schlüter Stiftung für Schifffahrt und Umweltschutz, the Seerechtsstiftung and Watson Farley & Williams Law Firm.
These grants, supplemented by anonymous donations and IFLOS reserves from previous years made it possible to award 8 full and 2 partial scholarships as well as 2 Travel Grants and 2 Travel Subsidies. Given the fact that The Nippon Foundation enabled 4 other participants to take part in the course, 14 young academicians, most from developing countries, attended the Academy with financial aid. A List of Participants as is attached (02-participants-2016).
As its predecessors, the 2016 Academy covered a variety of Law of the Sea, Maritime Law and related topics and dealt extensively with specific subjects of interest such as marine environmental protection as well as oil pollution and its consequences. As before, a visit to the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg was part of the programme, followed by a reception of our partner institution. Based on the experience from previous Summer Academies, the schedule maintained the distinguishable block on Maritime Delimitation, where the traditional practical workshop with a prelude of mineral and petroleum resources topics was followed by the legal and political solutions. A copy of the Schedule is attached (03-schedule-2016-final).
During the four weeks of the program, the participants had the opportunity to meet an impressive faculty composed of over 35 renowned personalities who travelled to Hamburg from many different corners of the world to share their expertise and experience with the participants on a pro bono basis. The Foundation is especially grateful for the invaluable contributions by the members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, namely President Vladimir Golitsyn, former President Rüdiger Wolfrum, Judges Tafsir Ndiaye, David Attard and former Judge Helmut Türk as well as Deputy Registrar Doo-young Kim. Many members of the faculties 2007 to 2015 – legal and economic experts, natural scientists and experienced practitioners in maritime affairs could be attracted to return to Hamburg. A copy of the List of Lecturers is attached (04-2016-list-of-lecturers-final).
Open Event – Symposium
This year, the traditional Open Event was replaced by an international Symposium entitled “The Role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Addressing Topical Issues and Future Challenges in the Law of the Sea – Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of ITLOS and the 10th Consecutive Session of the IFLOS Summer Academy” and held in the Tribunal’s Court room on 5 August, 2016. With over 120 registrations, the event was very well attended and marked a milestone in the Foundation’s work. Further information and materials are available on our website at http://www.iflos.org/international-symposium-2016/.