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The COST Action IS1105, MARSAFENET – NETwork of experts on the legal aspects of MARitime SAFEty and security, invites applications for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs).

The application period will be continuously opened until July 1, 2015. All applications must be submitted by email to the STSMs Coordinator, Dr. Valentina Rossi ( Applicants will be informed about the Assessment Panel decision within five working days following receipt of the submission.


MARSAFENET Action aims to bring together experts in international law of the sea in order to increase the knowledge on maritime security and safety and to develop a common conceptual and methodological framework with the goal of contributing to fill the legal gaps and of transforming scientific results into feasible solutions. For more information on the COST Action IS1105 MARSAFENET see;

Short-Term ScientificMissions

STSMs are an instrument to promote scientific collaboration and exchanges between the Countries participating to the MARSAFENET Action. The aim of these missions (exchange visits) shall be to contribute to the scientific objectives of the Action.

Goals of STSMs

STSMs contributing to the goals of MARSAFENET Action are encouraged, paying particular attention to the four thematic issue of the Action:

  • Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection
  • New developments of economic activities at sea
  • International maritime security and border surveillance
  • Protection of fragile and semi-enclosed seas

Available Funding

Approved STSMs will be financed in accordance with the COST rules on duration of the missions and financial support. The total budget for this call is EUR 6000.

STSMs application and approval

Information concerning applicant’s eligibility and assessment criteria and procedure in MARSAFENET Action is available at


  • Proposals submission: July 1, 2015
  • Earliest STSM start date: March 22, 2015
  • Latest STSM end date: July 15, 2015

The second Marsafenet book Regional Strategies to Maritime Security: a Comparative perspective has been published.


Colloque international “Le droit de la mer face aux ‘Méditerranées’. Quelle  contribution de la Méditerranée et  des  mers semi-fermées au  droit international de la mer?“, 10 octobre 2014 – Université de Perpignan – Via Domitia (France) .

On Thursday and Friday November 13-14, 2014 a Conference “UNCLOS Rules the Waves” will be organized in Ghent, Belgium, by the Universiteit Gent, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with as theme:  “The Twentieth Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Montego Bay Convention – State of Affairs and Challenges Ahead”. For more information on the programme, venue, registration and accommodation, please visit the website of the conference at

20-21 November 2014, V Colloquium of the International Association for the Law of the Sea ( “International Law and Maritime Governance. Current Issues and Challenges for the Regional Economic Integration Organizations”, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari – Italy

The European Union and the Arctic. 29-30 May 2015, Dundee, Scotland. Call for Papers 

The Procida Training School aims at bringing together early stage researchers, senior researchers, experts from public institutions and from the private sector, as well as other stakeholders dealing with maritime safety and security issues.



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