The 3rd Eurasian Law Congress, in which the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Konya Metropolitan Municipality are among the supporting institutions, was held in Budva, Montenegro, between 02-05 November 2022, with the participation of 300 lawyers from 42 countries.
Organized by the Turkish Law Platform and Ankara University National Research Center for the Law of the Sea (DEHUKAM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Konya Metropolitan Municipality, TDBB, Ibn Haldun University, International Union of Lawyers (UHUB) and Constitutional Lawyers Association, with the main theme of ‘Current Developments in the Law of the Sea’. Convention was attended by; Deputy Minister of Justice Yakup Moğul, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and Member of the Advisory Board of DEHUKAM Ebubekir Gizligider, as well as Chief Advisor to the President Doç. Dr. Mücahit Küçükyılmaz, Member of the Constitutional Court Kenan Yaşar, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of State Sait Micanoğlu, Head of 12th Department of the Council of State Mahmut Doğan, Head of the 3rd Department of the Council of State Hanifi Doğan, Heads of Departments of the Supreme Court Abdullah Yaman, Ayhan Tuncal, Vuslat Dirim, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Court İbrahim Acarlı, HSK Members Aysel Demirel, Havvanur Yurtsever, Ömer Faruk Yıldırım, Kastamonu University Rector Prof. Dr. Ahmet Hamdi Topal, Deputies, representatives of political parties and many experts attended.
200 participants from Turkey and 100 participants from 42 different countries participated in the congress, which was attended by representatives from different ministries, high judiciary, institutions operating abroad such as Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, TIKA, Yunus Emre Institute, Turkish Maarif Foundation, and academicians. On the first day of the two-day congress, 13 experts in their fields gave speeches in the panels titled “The Powers of Landlocked States on Maritime Areas”, “Protection of the Marine Environment and the Blue Economy” and “Ensuring Maritime Safety and Security”.
On the second day of the congress, 14 lawyers and academics gave speeches on the “Operation of Marine Resources”, “Dispute Regarding the Delimitation of Marine Areas” and “Disputed Marine Areas” panels. The first panel focused on the exploitation of renewable energy resources under the offshore regime, the exploitation of marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdictions, the challenges of conserving sedentary species on the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, and the exploitation of mineral resources at the site. In the second panel, where the preferred methods of delimiting the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf with territorial waters were explained, speeches were made on the recognition of maritime jurisdiction for natural or artificial islands, the obligations of states under international law, the joint management of disputed maritime jurisdictions to ensure peace, and the Turkey-Libya maritime jurisdiction agreement. In the last panel, where the Eastern Mediterranean, the South China Sea, the Latin American seas and the Disputed marine areas in the African region were discussed, the experiences of Costa Rica’s maritime zone delimitation were evaluated.
Making a statement at the beginning of the symposium, DEHUKAM Director Mustafa Başkara said that the effects of the symposium will be crowned with the congress booklet to be published.
Providing information about the establishment of the center and its working system, Başkara explained that their main purpose is to cooperate with organizations and centers working in the field of maritime law abroad, and with this perspective, they have signed collaborations with organizations in various countries from Australia to the USA.
Stating that they aim to serve Turkey’s goal of becoming a maritime country called the “Blue Homeland”, Başkara stated that they carry out projects with experts in the field of maritime law.