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Dr Tara Davenport, CIL Senior Research Fellow, participated at the ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Dispute Resolution and Law of the Sea held in Dili, Timor-Leste from 27 to 28 February 2020. The workshop was hosted by Timor-Leste and co-chaired by Malaysia and Australia. Dr Davenport presented on 'Compulsory Conciliation under UNCLOS: Prospects for Future Use' and also moderated a panel on resolving disputes in relation to maritime boundaries.

Youna Lyons, Senior Research Fellow in the Ocean Law and Policy Programme of CIL, participated in the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting on the assessment on sources, pathways and hazards of litter including plastic litter and microplastics pollution. She was nominated by Singapore government and confirmed by UNEP as an expert in the SAC. The meeting took place on 25–27 February 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The main purpose of the meeting was the drafting of an assessment on sources, pathways and hazards of marine litter and microplastic and its presence in the rivers and oceans, scientific knowledge about adverse effects on ecosystems, potential adverse on human health and environmentally sound technology innovations. This report will be presented at Lisbon UN Ocean Conference in June 2020 and submitted to inform UNEA 5 in 2021.

Senior Research Fellow Youna Lyons participated in the Expert Workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Identify Options for Modifying the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) and Describing New EBSAs. She was appointed by Singapore government to attend this workshop, which took place on 3–5 February 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop report will provide a basis for preparation of a proposal by the Secretariat on the topic of the Expert Workshop, for submission to the next meeting of the scientific body, SBSTTA.

Senior Research Fellow Ms Denise Cheong and Research Associate S Nivedita participated in the 9th meeting of the Nuclear Energy Experts Group held from 6 to 7 February 2020 in Singapore. This meeting was organised by the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) together with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Participants discussed ways to strengthen nuclear governance in the Indo-Pacific, in light of activities and plans of current and potential nuclear power user/exporter countries; the role of ASEANTOM; and capacity-building and higher education initiatives on nuclear safety and security. Participants also considered the potential governance implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and small modular reactor technology including transportable nuclear power plants.

Research Associate Professor (CIL) N Jansen Calamita, Head of CIL’s Investment Law and Policy Programme, presented the finalised draft of APEC Handbook on Obligations in International Investment Treaties, in a side event organised by the Australian government at the 38th session of UNCITRAL Working Group III held in Vienna.

The APEC Handbook project is funded by the Australian government and is designed to assist non-specialist, front-line government officials to better understand and implement international investment commitments.