Remote Legal Assistance: Kick-off Meeting and Workshop

Following delays due to number of administrative challenges, the 'Remote Legal Assistance to ASEAN Member States on the Effective Implementation of IMO Conventions Relating to Oil Pollution and Liability and Compensation' was launched with a kick-off meeting and workshop on 20 Oct. 

October 25, 2021

The success of a pilot activity to provide remote legal assistance to 4 beneficiary countries within the remit of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GIWACAF) Project demonstrates the value of a renewed approach to technical assistance provided through the GI programme which focuses on legal, regulatory and policy matters.

In this regard, GISEA, with the assistance of the IMO and key technical partners, seeks to leverage the experience of GIWACAF and adapt the effort to benefit its partner countries. Additionally, GISEA seeks to adapt the ‘three-step’ approach adopted by GIWACAF to guide its programme implementation in the 2021-2023 triennium. This approach, introduced in 2015, focuses on: 1) legislation; 2) policies; and 3) tools. A key feature of this framework is the recognition that the domestication of international conventions is fundamental to an effective national preparedness and response system.

Two international consultants, each representing the administration and academia, will provide their expertise and experience to support the remote legal review. The objectives of the activity are listed below:

  1. Encourage ASEAN Member States to accede to the conventions identified, with particular emphasis on the most current protocols, as appropriate; and
  2. Support the countries to effectively implement key provisions in the different instruments within each jurisdiction, with the aim to harmonise policies across the region to support the implementation of the ASEAN MoU

8 of the 10 ASEAN Member States would participate in this activity; GISEA would like to express our appreciation to the National Focal Points for their patience and continued interest. 

Updates will be provided as the activity progresses. 

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