...Professor David VanderZwaag holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance and is the Primary Researcher for the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.Dr. VanderZwaag's
work involves: promoting global ocean governance; examining the effectiveness of regional agreements for managing fisheries and protecting the marine environment; and investigating implementation challenges raised by sustainable development principles, such as community-based management, indigenous rights, the precautionary approach, and the ecosystem approach.At Dalhousie University, Professor VanderZwaag
also has cross-appointments with the School for Resource and Environmental Studies
(SRES) and the International Development Studies (IDS) program.Dr. VanderZwaag
teaches in the areas of international environmental law and law of the sea.He is the past Director of the Indonesian Environmental Law Programme at Dalhousie (1984-1989) and past Co-director of Dalhousie's interdisciplinary Marine Affairs Program (1986-1991). He is currently a member of the World Conservation Union's Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and Co-chair of the CEL's Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs.He is a Co-founder and Co-chair of the Australian-Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN) and has acted as a consultant to various government departments including Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.As Vice-Chair of the Nippon Research Task Force on National Ocean Policies, he is co-editing a book comparing national and regional approaches to integrated ocean governance around the globe.Professor VanderZwaag
has had extensive research and lecturing experience in South and Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and the Caribbean.Professor VanderZwaag
holds various advisory and editorial positions.He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, Ocean and Coastal Management, the Ocean Yearbook, and the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law.He is regional reporter for the Arctic, Yearbook of International Environmental Law and regional editor for the Atlantic Provinces, Canadian Environmental Law 2d ed. (Butterworths).He is an interim board member of the Oceans Management Research Network (a Canadian interdisciplinary research network) and a Steering Committee Member, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.Dr. VanderZwaag
has authored over fifty papers in the marine and environmental law field.He is editor of Canadian Ocean Law and Policy, co-editor of Oceans Law and Policy in the Post-UNCED Era: Australian and Canadian Perspectives, and author of Canada and Marine Environmental Protection: Charting a Legal Course Towards Sustainable Development.
Receiving a $205,000 grant (2005) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
(SSHRC), Dr. VanderZwaag
as principal investigator, is presently leading a team of Canadian researchers in investigating the topic, "Strengthening Canada's
Regional Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles".
Research contributions were also made relating to better Arctic ocean governance: "Beneath the Keel of Kyoto: Exploring the Cross-Currents of the Law of the Sea Convention
and the Convention on Biological Diversity" at the Nordic Research Network for Saami and Environmental Law (NORSEL) Seminar in TromsÃ¸, Norway (November 2005), "Arctic Ocean Governance: The Broad and Long View" at the Arctic Ocean Meeting of Experts, Dunsmuir Lodge, Victoria, British Columbia (February 2006).
Co-chaired "Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Workshop", organized on behalf of Department of Foreign Affairs, Oceans and Environmental Law Division, in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (International Coordination and Policy Analysis) and Environment Canada (Biodiversity Convention Office) to allow Canadian government officials and representatives from academia industry and non-governmental organizations to discuss international high seas governance issues and future governance options, Marine & Environmental Law Institute
, Halifax, (January 2006).Dr. VanderZwaag
has authored over forty papers in the ocean law and policy field.