Visiting Scholars

The Marine & Environmental Law Institute welcomes visits by scholars from Canada and other countries who wish to undertake sabbatical or short-term research in the marine and environmental law field. Interested applicants should contact the Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute. The law school provides an office and library support for visitors.

Recent visitors


  • Marcus Haward, University of Tasmania visited the institute from June 4-8, 2018
  • Edwin Egede, Cardiff University, undertook research on the Agrican Blue Economy during his visit from June 11-22, 2018.
  • Blake Hudson was here to discuss research with Sara Seck on June 15, 2018
  • Misornu Logo, Ministry of Fisheries, Ghana, a UN Nippon Fellow was here doing research from June 29 to December 15, 2018
  • Dr. Desai Shan, Ottawa is an OFI Postdoctoral Research Fellow here from July 3, 2018 to May 31, 2019. Professor Aldo Chircop is supervising.
  • Gunnar Sander, attended the workshop on Contemporary and Emerging Challenges of Shipping in the Northwest Atlantic and Eastern Arctic August 31 to September 1, 2018, hosted by Professor Aldo Chircop along with the Ocean Frontier Institute.
  • Professor Nicholas Gaskell, from The University of Queensland, Marine and Shipping Law Unit, Australia, visited for the month of September 2018 (Sept 3- Oct 6), during his sabbatical term. His research and work is mostly on high seas liability, wreck law, and passenger carriage.
  • Jay Batongbacal is a lawyer from the Philippines and Schulich JSD, who spoke on “Voyages in Maritime Affairs:  A Testament to the Inter-disciplinary Approach of Dalhousie’s Marine Affairs and Marine & Environmental Law Programs” on September 27, 2018 at a joint seminar.
  • Karin Buhmann, Denmark, visited to discuss potential research collaborations and was a speaker in Environmental Law I class. She was here from October 16-17, 2018.
  • Professor Alan Boyle, United Kingdom, was the guest speaker at the 10th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture on October 18, 2018. He also was the Faculty Seminar speaker on the same day.



  • Dorottya Bognar, from UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, visited from April to June 2016, as a visiting graduate student during her PhD studies, her thesis was entitled "An analysis of the IMO's negotiations of the mandatory Polar Code, with special focus on Russia's role and behavior."
  • Associate Professor Dr. Leilei Zhou, visited from the Research Institute of Marine Policies and Law at Shanghai Ocean University in China as part of her post-doctoral fellowship program, from June to August 2016
  • Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen and Kjersti Dahle came to the institute from June 7-12, 2016 to discuss research and the upcoming Jensen Workshop October 27-29, 2016.
  • Tore Henriksen, Director, Professor dr juris at UiT the Arctic University of Norway presented “The Arctic Ocean, Environmental Stewardship, and the Law of the Sea” at MELAW’s public lecture on October 27, 2016.
  • Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen and Natalia Ermolina attended the Jensen Workshop October 27-29, 2016.
  • Lee Paddock, Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies at The George Washington University Law School, Washington, was a speaker at the Faculty Seminar on November 2, 2016.
  • Elizabeth Mrema, Director of Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) was the guest speaker at the 8th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture on November 17, 2017. The title of her talk was “Progressive Global Environmental Constitutionalism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”


  • Dr. Jody Wright, Communications & Engagement Manager, Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping presented “Safe and Sustainable Marine Shipping: What Does it Take?” at a MELAW seminar on October 2, 2015.
  • Dr. Elliott A. Norse is the founder and Chief Scientist at the Marine Conservation Institute in Seattle, Washington was the speaker at the 7th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture on October 8, 2015. The title of his talk was “The Global Ocean Refuge System: What if You’re Not Part of the Solution?”
  • Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen, Faculty of Law, UiT, Tromso collaborated with MELAW faculty and spoke at a public lecture during her visit from October 19-22, 2015.


  • Associate Professor Craig Forrest from University of Queensland, Australia, visited from April to May 2013 during his sabbatical working on maritime & shipping law.
  • Andrew Serdy from Southampton University, United Kingdom worked on his international fisheries law research during his visit April to May 2013.
  • Dr. David Freestone is a professional lecturer in Law at George Washington University, he presented “Can We Protect High Seas Ecosystems Under Current International Law? Lessons from the Sargasso Sea” at the MELAW public lecture on July 11, 2013.
  • Sébastien Duyck from Finland worked on environmental law research during his visit from August to September 2013.
  • Professor Karen Scott from University of Canterbury in New Zealand presented at the 5th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture on “International Law and the 'Mis-anthropocene': Responding to the Geoengineering Challenge”, on October 30, 2013 while she was visiting the institute from October 25 to November 12, 2013.
  • Professor Prue Taylor, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, was the guest lecturer at the MELAW public lecture on January 15, 2014. The title of her lecture was “The Common Heritage of Mankind and the Law of the Sea: the legacy and the future”.
  • Andreas Zink of Germany worked on Ballast EU Arctic Policy in the area of Water Management Convention during his/her stay January to March 2014.


  • Maria da Gloria Garcia from the University of Portugal spent a week researching at MELAW in June 2012, and attended the Regulation of Continental Shelf Development Conference.
  • Mary George, a marine spatial planner from the University of Malaya, researched at the MELAW Institute from July - October 2012.
  • Professor Alexandre Pereira de Silva from Brazil spent a post-doctoral fellowship at the MELAW Institute from August 2012 to August 2013.
  • Judge Tullio Rodolfo Treves is well-known internationally for his expertise in public international law and most recently served as Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He was the guest speaker for the 4th Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture held on October 10, 2012. His talk was titled “The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at Thirty: Achievements and Challenges”.


  • Professor Donald R. Rothwell, Professor of International Law, Assistant Head of School, Director – LLM Programs, and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University, was the guest speaker at the 3rd Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture on September 20, 2011. His talk was titled “Polar Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century.
  • Mar Campins Eritja is a Professor of International and European Law at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain spoke on “The EU and the North: Towards the Development of an EU Arctic Policy at the public lecture on December 2, 2011.
  • Alain Murphy is a geoscientist specializing on maritime boundaries and submissions by coastal States to the UN Commission on the limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS). He spoke about “Arctic Landgrab? Not quite: The Changing geography of the Arctic Seabed beyond 200 nautical miles” at the Arctic Forum Lecture Series on January 27, 2012.
  • Commander David Peer, Defence Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies spoke on “The Canadian Navy and the North: Challenges and Opportunities, A Naval Architect’s View” at the Arctic Forum Lecture Series on February 17, 2012.
  • Professor Stephen Bocking, Chair, Environmental and Resource Science/Studies Program at Trent University was the guest speaker at the Arctic Forum Lecture Series on March 15, 2012. His talk was on “Science and the Environment in the Arctic”.
  • Jeffrey J. Smith, a Canadian lawyer, principal counsel to the Frente POLISARIO, the national liberation movement of Western Sahar, and the jurisconsult to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic was the guest speaker at the joint public lecture on March 23, 2012. His talk was “Fishing for Self-Determination: European Fisheries and Western Sahara – The case of ocean resources in Africa’s last colony”.
  • Michał Łuszczuk is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations in the Maria Curie Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland. He spoke about “Poland’s approach towards the Arctic region: an insignificant dream or a meaningful contribution” at the Arctic Forum Lecture Series on April 27, 2012


  • Mr. Killey Mwitasi of Tanzania was awarded the 23rd Hamilton Shirley Amerasignhe Memorial Fellowship on Law of the Sea. The topic of his visitorship was "The regime of maritime zones, including the rights and obligations of the coastal state and third states."
  • Professor Jon Van Dyke, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law was the speaker at the 2nd Annual Douglas M. Johnston Lecture that took place on October 21, 2010. His title was “LNG Terminals in Eastern Maine and Canadian Control of its Coastal Waters”.
  • Judge Helmut Türk, Vice-President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Hamburg, Germany was the guest speaker at MELAW’s public lecture on October 13, 2010. His talk was on “Water in International Law (Fresh Water)”.
  • William Crosbie, Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan spoke about “Lessons Learned and Canada’s New Role in Afghanistan at MELAW’s public lecture on February 2, 2011.


  • Dr. Zhang Haiwen, Deputy Director-General, China Institute for Marine Affairs (CIMA)
  • Dr. Winston Anderson, Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Barbados and the Executive Director of Caribbean Law Institute, spoke during the IOI course on “Principles OG in Caribbean” on May 28, 2009. He also presented “Multilateral Environmental Agreements on Protection of Biodiversity: Effect on Judicial Decision-Making in the Commonwealth Caribbean: at a public seminar on May 29, 2009 as part of the PROGOVNET Project.
  • Professor John Norton Moore, the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy and Center for National Security Law University of Virginia School of Law was the guest speaker at the launching of the Douglas M. Johnston Annual Ocean Governance Lecture on October 1, 2009. His talk was titled “Toward More Effective Counter Piracy Policy”.
  • Vice Admiral (R) Mohammad Haroon, Rector of Bahria University, Pakistan, was the guest speaker at the joint seminar speaking on “Pakistan’s Role in Combating Maritime Terrorism and Piracy” on November 4, 2009.