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Senior Research Fellow Vu Hai Dang participated in the workshop by China-Southeast Asia Research Center (CSARC) on Regional Cooperation on Marine Environmental Protection in the South China Sea in Bali, Indonesia. Dr Vu Hai Dang presented on sensitive and protected marine areas under international law and the value of MPA network in the South China Sea. In particular, he spoke on CIL’s research on area-based management tools in the South China Sea: map of sensitive marine and coastal areas in the South China under international law, ‘Moving from MPAs to Area-based Management Measures in the South China Sea’, ‘National MPA Laws in the South China Sea: A Comparison and Suggestions for MPA Law Reform in China’.

Senior Research Fellows Youna Lyons and Tara Davenport participated in a workshop on Informal-Law Making in the Law of the Sea organised by Professor Natalie Klein at the University of New South Wales from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The workshop is part of a long-term research project on informal law-making and law of the sea led by Professor Klein under an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Grant. Ms Lyons presented on ‘IMO Measures to Limit Impact from International Shipping’ and Dr Davenport presented on ‘Formal and Informal Lawmaking by the International Seabed Authority’.

The CIL nuclear law and policy team was invited to present at the Workshop on Strategic Environmental Assessments for Nuclear Power Programmes’ organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The workshop brought together representatives from 15 member states and was held in Vienna, Austria from 3 to 6 December.

Senior Research Fellow Denise Cheong and Research Associate Nivedita S presented on (1) the legal context of strategic environmental assessment, 2) the extent to which strategic environmental assessment is practised in Singapore and ASEAN, and (3) the outcomes and findings from its workshop on Regional Cooperation to Enhance Transboundary Consultation on Nuclear Power Development in Southeast Asia, which was held in Singapore earlier this year.

Research Associate Nivedita S participated in the International Workshop on the Applicability of the Espoo Convention to the Lifetime Extension of Nuclear Power Plants on 2 December 2019. Held in Vienna, Austria, the workshop was organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) working group of Parties to the Espoo Convention to draft guidance on the applicability of the Convention to the extension of the lifetime of nuclear power plants. The workshop brought together a broad group of stakeholders to discuss topics currently being explored by the drafting groups. Stakeholders included representatives of non-governmental organisations and international organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency, International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) and the Compliance Committee under the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus).

Associate Director Sharon Seah and Research Associate Amiel Ian Valdez participated in the annual United Nations meetings on climate change in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019.

Ms Seah presented in an official UN side event on the contributions of higher education to climate change, together with speakers from Moravian College (USA), Vanderbilt University (USA), University of Hawaii (USA) and Monash University (Australia).

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