Blog Posts: Natural resources

WTO Moves to Reel in Fishy Subsidies

A new, collaborative approach by the WTO's Ministerial Conference may help convince more of the organization's members to support a ban on subsidies that facilitate ecologically harmful overfishing.
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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Sun. February 14, 2016 12:50 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Japan, Natural resources, World Trade Organization

WTO ruling threatens U.S. labels on dolphin-free tuna

The WTO Appellate Body recently declared the U.S. dolphin-safe labeling program for canned tuna discriminatory against Mexican tuna imports and in violation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Sat. January 9, 2016 12:38 PM
Categories: Conservation, Food and agriculture, Mexico, Natural resources, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States, World Trade Organization

Ruling on Philippines' arbitration claim against China may be a milestone

The UN Permanent Court of Arbitration decided on October 29th to hear The Philippines’ case against China regarding alleged violations of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea in the Spratly Islands. The case will mark the first use of UNCLOS's dispute-resolution provisions in the South China Sea. Will it be a first step toward China's acceptance of arbitration to enforce international law?
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No Comments | Posted by Jason M. Frocht on Thu. December 17, 2015 1:33 AM
Categories: China, International Dispute Resolution, Natural resources, Philippines, Territorial disputes

Russian Territorial Claim Collides with Convention on the Law of the Sea

While Russia is no longer one of the world’s two preeminent superpowers, its most recent filing with a United Nations commission aims to cement its position as the superpower in the Arctic.


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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Fri. September 18, 2015 8:18 AM
Categories: Climate Change, Energy, Natural resources, Russia, Shipping, Territorial disputes

Could Zimbabwe extradite the hunter who shot Cecil?

Conservation groups have called for a Minnesota dentist to be federally prosecuted for tracking and killing one of southern Africa's best-known lions last month. That doesn't seem likely to happen, but he could face a years-long extradition battle and poaching charges in Zimbabwe.


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No Comments | Posted by Christopher R. Bagley (Chris) on Mon. August 3, 2015 3:10 PM
Categories: Africa, Conservation, Environmental, Extradition, International Law, Natural resources, Zimbabwe

Sneak Preview: Navigating the Conflict Over Gas Reserves in the Mediterranean's Levant Basin

In April 2012, forty percent of Israel’s natural gas supply was cut off almost instantly. After months of supply interruptions and allegations of self-dealing on the part of Egyptians in forging a natural gas deal with the Israeli government, the Egyptian government reneged on its agreement to supply Israel with natural gas to meet its energy needs. Almost overnight, Israel was left to figure out how to supply almost half of its energy needs.


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No Comments | Posted by Blakely E. Whilden on Wed. April 2, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Energy, Israel, Lebanon, Natural resources

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