Presenter: Professor David VanderZwaag

Name: Professor David VanderZwaag
Position: Chair of Ocean Law and Governance, Dalhousie University, Canada

Biography: Professor David VanderZwaag holds the Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He teaches in the areas of international environmental law and law of the sea. He is the past Co-director of Dalhousie's interdisciplinary Marine Affairs Program (1986-1991) and present Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute.Dr. VanderZwaag is a member of the IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law (CEL), Co-chair of the CEL's Specialist Group on Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs, and a member of the International Council on Environmental Law.David VanderZwaag has authored over 100 papers in the marine and environmental law field. His most recent book publications include Towards Principled Oceans Governance: Australian and Canadian Approaches and Challenges (edited with D.R. Rothwell) (London: Routledge Press, 2006) and Understanding and Strengthening European Union - Canada Relations in Law of the Sea and Ocean Governance (co-edited with T. Koivurova, A. Chircop, E. Franckx and E.J. Molenaar) (Rovaniemi: University of Lapland Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, 2009). He co-led the writing of the ocean governance chapter of the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment under the auspices of the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group of the Arctic Council.Professor VanderZwaag's educational background includes: PhD (1994, University of Wales, Cardiff), LL.M. (1982, Dalhousie Law School), J.D. (1980, University of Arkansas Law School), M.Div. (1974, Princeton Theological Seminary), and B.A. (1971, Calvin College).