World Oceans Day 2021 Webinar: Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries with Arbitration

London. UK. / Paris. France. On 8 June 2021, on the occasion of this year’s United Nations World Oceans Day with the theme of: "Ocean: Life and Livelihoods", Human Rights at Sea and global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP held a webinar entitled “Confronting the Human Rights Crisis in Fisheries: How Arbitration Can Improve Fishers’ Access to Justice”, which is now available to view and download.

In Force. New Zealand Amends Legislation to provide assured Seafarer Welfare funding

London. UK. In a historic move, the New Zealand government has updated its Maritime Transport Act 1994 to reflect the effective lobbying undertaken by the New Zealand Seafarer's Welfare Board with the supporting independent report into failures to financially support seafarers and their welfare services by Human Rights at Sea issued in April 2020 with attached Counsel's opinion. The legislative amendment comes into force today.

HRAS Review of Stowaways. Background, Drivers and Human Consequences

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a new independent Insight Briefing Note on stowaways looking at the background to incidents at sea, the drivers for individuals to take such risks and the human consequences. Legally reviewed by shipping lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, with first-hand accounts supplied from MIRIS International and supported with AIS data-backed infographics from OceanMind, the publication also reflects on the recent Nave Andromeda case off the South Coast of the UK.

Development of an Arbitration-based Mechanism for Resolution of Human Rights Disputes

Press Release 25 January 2021 HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA ARBITRATION TAKES STEPS TOWARDS CREATION OF ARBITRATION-BASED MECHANISM FOR RESOLUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DISPUTES London. UK. / Paris. France.  The Human Rights at Sea Arbitration initiative, a collaboration between UK-based independent charitable NGO Human Rights at Sea and the international arbitration practice of global law firm...

Kiribati Fisheries Observer Death – Interview with ABC Radio’s Pacific Beat

London. UK. Following the ongoing investigations into the untimely death of Kiribati fisheries observer, Eritara Aatii Kaierua in March 2020, Human Rights at Sea continues its collaborative work to support the family and drive transparency in the investigation. CEO, David Hammond, was interviewed alongside Eritara's sister, Nicky Kaierua for ABC Radio's flagship Pacific Beat show.

COVID-19: Master takes Resolute Stand to Assure Crew’s Safety and Welfare

"The case highlights a number of wider issues which may well shape future conduct of business in light of the emerging and the indisputable threat to life of the COVID-19 virus." London. UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while ship owners and charterers continue with daily business undertaking charter-parties for the movement of goods around the globe, the effects of the coronavirus crisis are increasingly highlighting new management challenges and competing interests between commercial imperatives to deliver contracts, and the health, safety and welfare of crew.

[Updated] White Paper Issued for Innovative Use of Arbitration and Human Rights on UN International Day

Press Release 24 March 2020 Arbitration as a Means of Effective Remedy for Human Rights Abuses at Sea [Updated 10 May 2020 to include French Version and flow diagram now available to download] London, UK. Paris, France.  On the UN International Day for the Right to The Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for...

Basel Parliamentary Grand Council votes positively for Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea

Press Release 16th December 2019 London. UK. Following last months’ successful vote in Basel, Switzerland, for official recognition and signing of the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, the charity is able to highlight the official records relating to the decision which was in favour of the proposed motion to support the charity’s work...

Indian National Human Rights Commission engages with Human Rights at Sea

New Delhi, India. This week during a series of regional State-level outreach engagements, Human Rights at Sea was invited by the Indian National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to engage in discussions on the future of human rights protections within the Indian Sub-Continent across the Indian regional maritime and business-related space.

From Mare Liberum to Mare Legitimum: In Pursuit of Safe and Secure Seas

London. UK. Professor Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law University of Greenwich and Trustee of Human Rights at Sea presented at the NATO Maritime Operational Law Conference at the Spanish Armed Forces Higher Defence College (CESEDEN), Madrid, on the 24th September 2019. The following highlights the context and scope of his speech.

International Human Rights Law proposed amendments for new UN Oceans Treaty

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today publishes a short independent legal briefing note on proposed legal amendments to the draft agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction to include International Human Rights Law.

HRAS Advisory Board Member becomes first female ITLOS Judge ad hoc

Press Release 18th July 2019 Photo Credit: ITLOS/University of Basel London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea is delighted to report that Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig, Professor of International Law at the University of Basel, Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board Member, and co-author of the emerging Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, was appointed...

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