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Lecturers of 2019 Yeosu Academy (to be updated)


Tomas Heidar


Tomas Heidar has been Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 2014. Judge Heidar currently serves as President of the Chamber for Fisheries Disputes and Member of the Seabed Disputes Chamber. Before becoming Judge, Tomas Heidar served as Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland for almost twenty years. As such he was responsible for all matters of public international law, including, in particular, treaties and the law of the sea. He represented Iceland regularly at meetings on oceans and the law of the sea, fisheries, continental shelf and marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction at the United Nations in New York. He was also in charge of negotiations with the neighbouring countries on maritime delimitation, fisheries and Arctic issues. Tomas Heidar was awarded the title of Ambassador in 2014. Tomas Heidar is furthermore Director of the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland and Co-director and Lecturer of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. He is also Lecturer of the Yeosu Academy of the Law of the Sea and of the IFLOS Summer Academy in Hamburg, and Guest Lecturer at the University of Iceland and many other universities.  Tomas Heidar is author and editor of a number of books and articles on ocean affairs and the law of the sea and lecturer in numerous academic conferences and seminars in this field.

James Kraska


James Kraska is Chairman and Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Maritime Law in the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches International Law of the Sea. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Center for National Security Law, also at Virginia. He also served twice as Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at Duke University and Office of the Chief of Naval Research Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


He has published nine books and numerous scholarly articles and is Editor-in-Chief of the three-volume treatise, Benedict on Admiralty: International Maritime Law. He is a Permanent Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Kraska served as a US Navy legal adviser and officer in assignments in the Indo-Pacific region and the Pengagon, including as Oceans Law and Policy Adviser and then Director of International Negotiations for the DOD Joint Staff.

Ted McDorman


TED L. McDorman is a Professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Victoria in Canada. From 2002-2004 and again from 2011 to 2013, he was academic-in-residence in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. Since 2000, he has been the editor-in-chief of Ocean Development and International Law.

Stephen Macko


Stephen Macko is a Professor of Isotope and Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from the University of Texas in Chemistry. He has authored over 300 refereed research papers (with an H-Index of 56 based on over 10,000 citations) and books including the singular work in the field, Organic Geochemistry; he was elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry and was a Corresponding Editor for EOS, the publication of the American Geophysical Union. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Nitrogen. At the University of Virginia he teaches classes in Oceanography and Geochemistry. He received the All University Teaching Award at UVA and was a finalist for the State of Virginia Faculty of the Year award. He recently held the position of Program Officer for Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry at the US National Science Foundation.


His research includes studies on chemosynthesis at cold seeps and hydrothermal vents using the Johnson Sea Link and Alvin submersibles; identifying geochemical biomarkers of climate change in high Arctic marine sediments and in soils of sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a scientist or chief scientist on numerous oceanographic expeditions, being involved in 5 legs of the Ocean Drilling Program including the Antarctic Legs 113 and 119 and the sub-Arctic Legs 105 and 106 as well as in dives to depths of over 500m in the submersible Johnson Sea Link. He was a principal research scientist on the High Arctic Canadian Ice Island during five field seasons. He has been long been involved with oil spill assessment, including the Ixtoc I oil well blowout in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico, which was the largest accidental spill prior to the Gulf of Mexico incident of 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. His laboratory has been featured on PBS, the Discovery and National Geographic television channels (The Moche Murder Mystery, Ultimate Guide to Mummies), the independent Peabody Award winning film, King Corn, as well internationally, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, UK), Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS, Korea), Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC, Yeosu, Korea) and Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).



Donald Rothwell

Donald R Rothwell is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University where he has taught since July 2006. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, of the polar regions, and implementation of international law within Australia as reflected in over 200 articles, book chapters and notes in international and Australian publications. Rothwell has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books including most recently The International Law of the Sea 2nd (Hart, 2016) with Tim Stephens; and The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (Oxford, 2015) co-edited Oude Elferink, Scott and Stephens. Rothwell is also Co-Editor of the Australian Year Book of International Law.


In 2012 he was appointed as Rapporteur of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, the Australian Government, and acted as advisor to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In 2012 Rothwell was also appointed an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow by the ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young. He is a regular media commentator on international law issues.

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli is Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs.  Prior to her current position, she held the position of Chief of the Treaty Section, Office of Legal Affairs, for three years.  Before that she had been working in the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea for 23 years, including as Deputy Director. She has devoted most of her career to the provision of assistance in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, as well as in supporting the General Assembly in its annual consideration of overall developments relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea and the work of its subsidiary bodies. She has also been supporting, as its Secretary, the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.



Erik Molenaar


Erik J. Molenaar has been with the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) at Utrecht University since 1994 and currently holds the position of Deputy Director. In 2006 he was also employed by UiT The Arctic University of Norway - in Tromsø - where he is at present a Professor with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS). After having completed his PhD on Coastal State Jurisdiction over Vessel-Source Pollution (1998), he broadened his research field with international fisheries law and the international law relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic. He has a large number of publications (~100) - as author or editor - ; has participated in various diplomatic conferences and other intergovernmental meetings - including the annual meetings of several regional fisheries management organizations - on various delegations; and has been involved in international litigation as well as a large number of consultancies.

Clive Schofield

Professor Clive Schofield is Head of Research at the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden. He was previously Director of Research at the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia and remains a Visiting Professor with ANCORS. He holds a PhD (geography) from the University of Durham, UK and an LLM from the University of British Columbia, Canada.


Clive developed his profile in these areas during an 11-year association with the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) at the University of Durham, UK where he served as Director of Research. Clive joined the Centre for Maritime Policy (subsequently renamed ANCORS) at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong in 2004. He has held both an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship and QEII Senior Research Fellowship.


Clive is a maritime geographer and international legal scholar whose research interests relate to maritime jurisdictional aspects of the law of the sea, the determination of baselines along the coast in an era of sea level rise, the delineation of the limits to maritime claims and maritime boundary delimitation. Clives current research focuses on geo-legal and geo-technical aspects of maritime boundary and security issues.

He has published over 250 publications including 23 books and monographs (including edited works) on these issues. He is co-author (with Emeritus Professor Victor Prescott, University of Melbourne) of the book, The Maritime Political Boundaries of the World (2005).


Clive is a member of the International Law Associations Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise and serves as an International Hydrographic Office (IHO)-nominated Observer on the Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS). He has also been directly involved in the peaceful settlement of boundary and territory disputes, providing advice and research support to governments engaged in boundary negotiations. He has also been involved in four boundary dispute settlement cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and has been appointed as a Peacebuilding Adviser on behalf of the United Nations and World Bank. Additionally, he recently served as an independent expert witness in the international arbitration case between the Philippines and China, providing an expert report and giving testimony in the Great Hall of the Peace Palace, The Hague, November 2015.



LEE Keun-Gwan

Keun-Gwan Lee a professor of law at the School of Law, Seoul National University, Korea. He received his LL.B. from Seoul National University, LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. His doctoral thesis titled The Law of State Succession in the Post-Decolonization Period with Special Reference to Germany and the former Soviet Union revisited the law of state succession from a historical and critical perspective. He taught international law at various institutions including the Republic of Korea Naval Academy, Konkuk University (Seoul, Korea) and Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan) before joining the School of Law, Seoul National University in 2004. His research interests include, among others, the history and theory of international law (in particular, the reception of modern international law in East Asia), the law of state succession (with particular reference to the relations between South and North Korea), the law of the sea and the international protection of cultural heritage. He served as director of studies (English-speaking section) at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2010. He has worked closely with UNESCO in the protection of cultural property, serving as, among others, chairperson of the Inter-Governmental Committee Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin in the 2012-2014 period. He gave a lecture on the subject of return of cultural objects to their countries of origin at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2018.


 His international publications include, among others, La traduction et la circulation des termes de droit international en Asie orientale, en particulier du Wanguo gongfa/ Bankoku koho (Ebisu-Eudes Japonaises, 2004), Toward an Equitable Resolution of Maritime Delimitation Disputes in East Asia: A Critical Perspective (Kokusaihou Gaikou Zassi, 2004), From Monadic Sovereignty to Civitas Maxima: A Critical Perspective on the (Lack of) Interfaces between International Human Rights Law and National Constitutions in East Asia (National Taiwan University Law Review, 2010), An Enquiry into the Palimpsestic Nature of Territorial Sovereignty in East Asia - with Particular Reference to the Senkaku/Diaoyudao Question (Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility: Essays in Honour of James Crawford, Cambridge University Press, 2015), Recalibrating the Conception of Codification in the Changing Landscape of International Law (to be published in a book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Law Commission), Asia (to be published in The Oxford Handbook of International Cultural Heritage Law).



KIM Doo-young

Education: BA in French language and literature, Hankook University of Foreign Studies, Seoul (1979); Foreign Service Examination (1980); LLM in International Law, School of Law, Seoul National University (1981); MA in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1985).


Professional Experience: Assistant Director, Overseas Korean Residents Division I, Bureau of Overseas Korean Residents and Consular Affairs, Seoul (1981); Assistant Director, Information Division I, Bureau of Information and Culture, Seoul (1982~1983); Assistant Director, Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Division, Protocol Office, Seoul (1985~1986); Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Cote d'Ivoire, Abidjan (1986~1990); Deputy Director, International Legal Affairs Division, Treaties Bureau, Seoul (1990~1991); Deputy Director, Multilateral Treaties Division, Treaties Bureau, Seoul (1991~1993); First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, New York (1993~1996); Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Mexico, Mexico City (1996~1999); Director, Planning and Research Division, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Seoul (1999); Director, International Legal Affairs Division, Treaties Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Seoul (1999~2001); Lecturer in Law of the Sea, College of Law, Korea University, Seoul (2001~June 2002); Lecturer in the Charter of the United Nations, College of Law, Hankook University of Foreign Studies, Seoul (March~June 2002). Deputy Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (June 2002-June2017), Professor, College of Fisheries Science, Pukyong National University (September 2017- Present).


Publications: Author of: Reservations to multilateral treaties (in Korean); The process of multilateral treaty making within the United Nations (in Korean); Uti possidetis in international law (Korean); Marine Scientific Research in the intermediate zone in the East Sea under the Korea-Japan Fisheries Agreement (Korean); Corporatism in the Mexican Government-Labor Relations (in English); Advisory Proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as an alternative procedure to supplement the dispute settlement mechanism under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (in English)



Coalter G. Lathrop


Coalter G. Lathrop directs Sovereign Geographic, an international law and cartography consultancy servicing boundary clients throughout the world. Lathrop has represented sovereign states in land and maritime boundary disputes and provided negotiating support and advice on related issues to governments and private interests in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. Over the last two decades he has acted as counsel and advisor in multiple cases before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Lathrop holds a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, and a J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University. He has published and presented extensively on the law of the sea, the Arctic, island sovereignty, and maritime boundaries, and he serves as the editor of International Maritime Boundaries, a project of the American Society of International Law.

Frida M.Armas Pfirter


Frida M. Armas-Pfirter is a Professor of Public International Law at Buenos Aires University. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Argentina and abroad. She has been a conciliator and arbitrator (for Argentina) of the dispute settlement system of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea since 2009. Since 2001 she has served as an expert for the International Seabed Authority. From 2001 to 2011 she was a member of the Legal and Technical Committee, and since 2012 she has been a Member of the Finance Committee.

In 1997 she was appointed to lead the creation of the National (Argentine) Commission on the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf (COPLA). Ever since the formal creation of the Commission in 1998, she has served as its General Coordinator. As such, she has led the group of more than sixty professionals in charge of the scientific and legal work for the demarcation of the outer limit of the Argentine continental shelf. For this work she was awarded the "Senator Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" Honourable Mention by the Argentine Senate (2016). She is the author of three books and more than 50 book chapters and specialized articles, both in Argentina and abroad.