Researcher in Profile: Dr. David VanderZwaag

Dr. VanderZwaag, OceanCanada Law and Policy Working Group Co-lead, is Professor of Law. He holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance at and is Associate Director of the Marine and Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, where he teaches international environmental law. He is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and Co-chair of the WCEL’s Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts and Coral Reefs. As a co-founder of the Australian-Canadian Oceans Research Network (ACORN), he has done research and lectured in South and Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and the Caribbean. In addition, he is an elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law, and serves on the editorial boards of Ocean and Coastal ManagementMarine PolicyOcean Yearbook and Yearbook of Polar Law. Dr. VanderZwaag has authored over 150 papers in the marine and environmental law field. His most recent book publications are: Aquaculture Law and Policy: Global, Regional and National Perspectives (edited with N. Bankes and I. Dahl; Edward Elgar, 2016); Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies (edited with B. Cicin-Sain and M. Balgos; Routledge, 2015); Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (edited with T. Stephens; Edward Elgar, 2014); Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles: Canadian and International Perspectives (edited with D.A. Russell; Martinus Nijhoff, 2010); Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian Approaches and Challenges (edited with D.R. Rothwell; Routledge, 2006); and Aquaculture Law and Policy: Towards Principled Access and Operations (edited with G. Chao; Routledge, 2006). Some of his recent presentations include:

  • Ottawa, ON, October 26, 2016. Canadian fisheries management: moving from legal laggard to legislative leader. Oceana Canada Science Symposium
  • St. John’s, NL, July 30-August 3, 2016. Canada and the protection of marine species at risk: paper promises, paltry progressions. International Marine Conservation Congress.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 27-29, 2016. Ocean acidification: a tangled and tepid international governance seascape. World Environmental Law Congress, Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems Session, Supreme Court of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Halifax, NS, March 29, 2016. Renewable ocean energy and the international law and policy seascape: tangled currents. Offshore Renewable Energy Governance Panel, EU Centre of Excellence, Dalhousie University.
  • Hobart, Australia, February 9-12, 2016. Marine species on the move in the northwest Atlantic: a sea of transboundary governance challenges. Species on the Move Conference, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and University of Tasmania.