Aldo Chircop

Professor of Law; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Maritime Law and Policy


Related information

Phone: 902-494-1007
Mailing Address: 
Room 437, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Arctic shipping
  • Canadian maritime law
  • International maritime law
  • International law of the sea
  • Ocean law and policy

Research grants



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

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia

Cross-appointments & affiliations

  • Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University, International Development Studies Program, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Department of Political Science
  • Canadian Transportation Research Forum 
  • Marine Technology Society
  • Member of Canadian Maritime Law Association 
  • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Areas of supervision
Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, Arctic Shipping

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.

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, Conseil Scientifique, Institut Universitaire de la Mer, Brest, France
  • Research Advisory Committee, Clear Seas, Vancouver