David VanderZwaag

Professor of Law; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance; Primary Researcher; Associate Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute

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Email: david.vanderzwaag@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1045
Mailing Address: 
Room 415, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Environmental law
  • International environmental law
  • Fisheries law and policy
  • Transboundary resource management
  • Species at risk protection
  • Law of the sea

Education

  • BA (Calvin)
  • MDiv (Princeton)
  • JD (Arkansas)
  • LLM (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Wales, Cardiff)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia

Bio

David VanderZwaag is Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. He teaches international environmental law and serves as the Associate Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.

Professor VanderZwaag is a member of the International Council of Environmental Law as well as the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL). From 2004-2018, he co-chaired the WCEL’s Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs.

Dr. VanderZwaag has authored over 150 papers in the marine and environmental law field. His most recent co-edited book publications are: Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2016); Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies (London & New York: Routledge, 2015); Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2014); and Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles: Canadian and International Perspectives (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010).

His educational background includes PhD (1994, University of Wales, Cardiff), LL.M. (1982, Dalhousie Law School), J.D. (1980, University of Arkansas Law School), M.Div. (1974, Princeton Theological Seminary), and B.A. (1971, Calvin College).  

Teaching  

  • LAWS 2051: International Environmental Law 

Areas of supervision: ocean acidification: future directions in international environmental law and policy; protection of the marine environment; international fisheries law; Arctic Ocean development and governance

Research interests

Professor VanderZwaag’s research covers a wide range of topics in the field of international ocean law and governance.  Research interests include: aquaculture regulation; fisheries management; marine species at risk, maritime boundary delimitation; transboundary cooperation; Arctic law of the sea; Canada-US ocean relations; marine protected areas; climate change and oceans; and principled oceans governance.

 

Grants

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law & Governance / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2017/07 - 2024/06 [7 years] 
  • Future-proofing Marine Protected Area Networks Ocean Frontier Institute (CFI) / Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) 2017/04 - 2022/03 [5 years]
  • Comparing Canadian and Russian Approaches and Challenges in Arctic Ocean Governance [2] Donner Canadian Foundation 2017/09 - 2021/12 [4 years] 
  • Transboundary Fisheries Management in Changing North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans OceanCanada Partnership / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2014/04 - 2020/03 [6 years] 
  • Canadian Ocean Acidification Research Partnership [2] Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) / Networks of Centres of Excellence Program (NSERC/NCE) 2017/04 - 2019/03 [2 years] 
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law & Governance / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2010/07 - 2017/06 [7 years] 
  • Biogeochemical Projection under a Changing Climate [1] Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network / Networks of Centres of Excellence Program (NSERC/NCE) 2012/10 - 2017/03 [5 years] 
  • Tracking & Protecting Marine Species at Risk: An Interdisciplinary and International Partnership International Joint Venture Project: Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2010/03 - 2015/12 [5 years]
  • Tracking and Envisioning the Future for Arctic Ocean Governance / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2011/03 - 2015/04 [3 years]

Selected awards & honours

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance, Schulich School of Law
  • Member, International Council of Environmental Law
  • Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

Selected publications

Books
 
  • N Bankes, I Dahl & DL VanderZwaag, eds, Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2016).
  • B Cicin-Sain, DL VanderZwaag & MC Balgos, eds, Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies (London & New York: Routledge, 2015).
  • T Stephens & DL VanderZwaag, eds, Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2014).
  • DA Russell & DL VanderZwaag, eds, Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles: Canadian and International Perspectives (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2010).
  • DR Rothwell & DL VanderZwaag, eds, Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian Approaches and Challenges (London: Routledge Press, 2006).

Journal Publications

  • C Engler, DL VanderZwaag & K Fennel, “Ocean Acidity Post-Paris: Gauging Law and Policy Responses in the Light of Evolving Scientific Knowledge” (2019) 33 Ocean Yearbook 33.
  • DL VanderZwaag, M Bailey & NL Shackell, “Canada-U.S. Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Maine: Taking Stock and Charting Future Coordinates in the Face of Climate Change” (2017) 31 Ocean Yearbook 3.
  • JA Hutchings, T Stephens & DL VanderZwaag, “Marine Species at Risk Protection in Australia and Canada: Paper Promises, Paltry Progressions” (2016) 47 Ocean Development & International Law 233.
  • DL VanderZwaag, “The ICJ, ITLOS and the Precautionary Approach: Paltry Progressions, Jurisprudential Jousting” (2013) 35 University of Hawaii Law Review 617.
  • DL VanderZwaag, “The Precautionary Approach and the International Control of Toxic Chemicals: Beacon of Hope, Sea of Confusion and Dilution” (2011) 33 Houston Journal of International Law 605.

View a list of additional publications [PDF-195 kB]

Service & activity

  • Chair, Dalhousie Advisory Committee to the International Ocean Institute-Canada
  • Member, International Council of Environmental Law
  • Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)
  • Editorial Board, Arctic Review on Law and Policy
  • Editorial Board, Ocean and Coastal Management
  • Editorial Board, Ocean Yearbook
  • Editorial Board, The Yearbook of Polar Law
  • Regional Reporter, Arctic, Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford)

 

Past service

  • Co-chair IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs (2004-2018)