Hamburg & the Norwegian Fjords


24 September - 1 October 2011

The reason for our trip to Hamburg, Germany, was for Joe to be a geological advisor to the International Law firm of Foley Hoag as they presented the Bangladesh case vs. Myanmar to determine the marine delimitations of the two countries in the Bay of Bengal as defined by the 1970 United Nations Law of the Sea. 

We stayed in Hamburg for 2 1/2 weeks at the Louis C. Jacob Hotel in Nienstedten, a suburb of Hamburg, along the Elbe River, as guests of Foley Hoag, where the home of the International Law of the Sea Headquarters is also located (see above picture of the headquarters).  The LOS tribunal consisted of 23 judges from various UN countries hearing the case.  The decision of the tribunal will be announced in March 2012. 

After the hearing was concluded, we traveled to Bergen, Norway, to board the daily “mail boat” which traveled north along the western coast of Norway through the Land of the Fjords. a seven day journey to the top of Norway.  We then flew home.  

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