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Aldo Chircop

Professor of Law; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Maritime Law and Policy; Acting Associate Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute

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Related information

  • crc-maritime.law@dal.ca
Schulich School of Law , Marine & Environmental Law Institute , Marine Affairs Program

Email: aldo.chircop@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1007
Mailing Address: 
Room 313, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Ocean law and policy
  • Arctic shipping
  • Canadian maritime law
  • International maritime law
  • International law of the sea
  • Continental shelf development


  • NP (Malta)
  • LLD (Malta)
  • LLM (Dalhousie)
  • JSD (Dalhousie)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia

Research interests

Dr Chircop's principal areas of research are in Canadian maritime law, international maritime law and international law of the sea. In particular, his maritime research focuses on the international regulation of shipping in polar regions, especially in the Arctic. He is Chair of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Polar Shipping. His previous positions included directorships of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW), Marine Affairs Program (MAP), International Ocean Institute (IOI) and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta. Dr Chircop was also Canadian Chair in Marine Environment Protection at the IMO's World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Dr. Chircop has published extensively in Canada and overseas.


  • Maritime Law and Practice (Maritime Law I) (LAWS 2001)
  • Law of the Sea (LAWS 2022)

Areas of supervision
Maritime Law, Law of the Sea

Cross-appointments & affiliations

  • Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University

Selected awards & honours

Selected publications

Service & activity

  • Chair, International Working Group on Polar Shipping, Comité Maritime International
  • Board Director, Oceans Learning Partnership, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Member of Canadian Maritime Law Association and Marine Technology Society
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society