MELAW Round Table

Recent faculty books and articles

Endangered Blue Whale Survival in the North Atlantic: Lagging Scientific and Governance Responses, Charting Future Courses

Olga Koubrak, David VanderZwaag, and Boris Worm in The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Volume 37, Issue 1 (March 2022)




The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

Despite the global endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals, environmental justice struggles are growing all over the world. These struggles are not isolated injustices, but symptoms of interlocking forms of oppression that privilege the few while inflicting misery on the many and threatening ecological collapse. This handbook offers critical perspectives on the multi-dimensional, intersectional nature of environmental injustice and the cross-cutting forms of oppression that unite and divide these struggles, including gender, race, poverty, and indigeneity. The work sheds new light on the often-neglected social dimension of sustainability and its relationship to human rights and environmental justice. Using a variety of legal frameworks and case studies from around the world, this volume illustrates the importance of overcoming the fragmentation of these legal frameworks and social movements in order to develop holistic solutions that promote justice and protect the planet's ecosystems at a time of intensifying economic and ecological crisis.

Edited by Sumudu A. Atapattu, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Sara L. Seck

Research Handbook on Climate Change Law and Loss & Damage

This timely Research Handbook offers an insightful review of how legal systems – whether domestic, international or transnational – can and should adjust to fairly and effectively support loss and damage (L&D) claims in climate change law.  International contributors guide readers through a detailed assessment of the history and current state of L&D provisions under the UN climate regime and consider the opportunities to fund L&D claims both within and outside the UN climate system. 

Edited by the late Meinhard Doelle, formerly Professor of Law and Sara L. Seck, Associate Professor of Law

Shipping in Inuit Nunangat
Governance Challenges and Approaches in Canadian Arctic Waters

Shipping in Inuit Nunangat is a timely multidisciplinary volume offering novel insights into key maritime governance issues in Canadian Arctic waters that are Inuit homeland (Inuit Nunangat) in the contemporary context of climate change, growing accessibility of Arctic waters to shipping, the need to protect a highly sensitive environment, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The volume includes policy, legal and institutional findings and recommendations intended to inform scholars and policymakers on managing the interface between shipping, the marine environment, and Indigenous rights in Arctic waters.

Editors: Kristin Bartenstein and Aldo Chircop

Research Handbook on Ocean Acidification Law and Policy

Edited by David L. VanderZwaag, Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance, Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada, Nilüfer Oral, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore and United Nations International Law Commission member and Tim Stephens, Professor of International Law and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, University of Sydney Law School, Australia