Discussion Series on Legislative Drafting, Legal Research and Writing

The Max Planck Foundation welcomed Fellows from the ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Program on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS.

On 15-17 November 2022, six Nippon Fellows attended a discussion series workshop at the Foundation premises in Heidelberg. As a well-established tradition, this activity formed a part of the Capacity-Building and Training Program on Dispute Settlement under the Law of the Sea Convention, run by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in cooperation with the Nippon Foundation.

The Nippon Fellows are junior-mid level government officials and researchers from around the world. Therefore, the discussion series were aimed at building and developing their capacity in legislative drafting techniques as well as legal research and writing, given that the Fellows are conducting research in the law of the sea issues as part of their Program. Participants had an open discussion on difficulties in conducting legal research and presented the preliminary stages of each Nippon Fellow’s research agenda.

In addition, the Foundation provided the Nippon Fellows with the law of the sea related presentations followed by open-floor discussions and practical exercise sessions. The agenda also covered the Foundation’s two maritime governance projects, namely, “Promoting Maritime Peace and Security in Southeast Asia” and “The Implementation of UNCLOS: Supporting Maritime Governance in the Indian Ocean (Part IV)”.