Don Anton retained as Counsel by IUCN

ANU College of Law Associate Professor Don Anton has been appointed as Counsel to represent the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in advisory proceedings in the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
The proceedings involve a request for an Advisory Opinion from the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) located in Dakar, Senegal and comprised of seven member states: Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

In a resolution adopted during its fourteenth extraordinary session (25-29 March 2013), the Conference of Ministers of the SRFC authorized the Permanent Secretary of the SRFC “to seize the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [...] in order to obtain its advisory opinion on the following matters:

  1. What are the obligations of the flag State in cases where illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities are conducted within the Exclusive Economic Zone of third party States?
  2. To what extent shall the flag State be held liable for IUU fishing activities conducted by vessels sailing under its flag?
  3. Where a fishing license is issued to a vessel within the framework of an international agreement with the flag State or with an international agency, shall the State or international agency be held liable for the violation of the fisheries legislation of the coastal State by the vessel in question?
  4. What are the rights and obligations of the coastal State in ensuring the sustainable management of shared stocks and stocks of common interest, especially the small pelagic species and tuna?”


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