DOLFIN Directors Deliver Short Course at IMLI in Malta

Professor Pieter Bekker, CEPMLP Chair in International Law, and Robert van de Poll, a CEPMLP Honorary Lecturer, presented a Short Course on “The Law and Science of Maritime Boundaries” at the invitation of the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta on 20-21 April 2017.

IMLI, which was established at the University of Malta under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations Specialised Agency, is directed by Professor David J. Attard, who also serves as a Judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg.

The IMLI Short Course and LL.M. Programme attract some 40 students from over 30 countries annually, many of which hold senior government positions. 

The Short Course co-taught by Professor Bekker, an international law specialist, and Mr. Van de Poll, a geo-scientist, highlighted the symbiotic relationship between law and science in the law of the sea, especially maritime boundary delimitation, through an analysis of key boundary concepts and instant desktop studies focusing on the countries-of-origin of the participating delegates.

Professor Bekker, an ITLOS advocate and former staff lawyer of the International Court of Justice (the leading tribunal adjudicating maritime boundary disputes between sovereign states), and Mr. Van de Poll, who is International Manager Law of the Sea at Dutch survey company Fugro N.V., serve as Directors of the Dundee Ocean and Lake Frontiers Institute and Neutrals (DOLFIN), an interdisciplinary research unit within CEPMLP that focuses on the legal and scientific aspects of disputed maritime boundaries and their effect on oil and gas exploration and exploitation.  They regularly teach, consult and publish together.