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MELAW Graduate Student Achievements


2012 Vanier Scholar

September 12, 2012
Congratulations to JSD candidate María Cecilia Engler Palma, chosen as a 2012 Vanier Scholar. Her research project is titled: “Towards ecosystem approach to finfish aquaculture in Canada: an international and comparative perspective”. We echo the sentiments of Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC: “These Vanier scholars will become the next generation of leaders across all sectors of society—leaders who are among the world’s top doctoral students and whose pursuit of excellence in their chosen field of study will drive quality of life and innovation into the future. We are privileged to have these scholars in Canada, and through this program we are saying loud and clear that Canada is a major competitor for intellectual talent on the world stage.”

PhD Thesis Published

The once pristine and rich marine environment of the South China Sea is degrading at an alarming rate due to the rapid socioeconomic development of the region. Hai Dang Vu’s doctoral thesis “Towards a Network of Marine Protected Areas in the South China Sea: Legal and Political Perspectives”, suggests legal and political measures to support the development of a network of marine protected areas in the South China Sea. Such a network, if properly developed, would not only help to protect the marine environment and resources of the region but also contribute to lower the tension among its coastal States. Dang's successfully defended thesis has recently been published as Marine Protected Areas Network in the South China Sea: Charting a Course for Future Cooperation in the book series Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development, 18 (General Editor David Freestone, Martinus Nijhoff).