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David Vander Zwaag

David Vander Zwaag

Research Chair
Dalhousie University


David Vander Zwaag holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He teaches international environmental law and is the past Co-director of Dalhousie's interdisciplinary Marine Affairs Program (1986-1991) and the past Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.He is currently a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and Co-chair of the WCEL’s Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs. He is a Co-founder of the Australian-Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN) and has had extensive research and lecturing experience in South and Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and the Caribbean. He is an elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law.He has authored over 150 papers in the marine and environmental law field. His most recent book publications include: Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (edited with Tim Stephens) (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar 2014); Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles: Canadian and International Perspectives (edited with D.A. Russell) (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff 2010); Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian Approaches and Challenges (edited with D.R. Rothwell) (London: Routledge Press, 2006); and Aquaculture Law and Policy: Towards Principled Access and Operations (edited with Gloria Chao) (London: Routledge Press, 2006)

Research Interest

David Vander Zwaag research interest are Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs