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.
TED L. McDormanis 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.
Professor James Kraska is a professor at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, United States Naval War College. He was also Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar at Duke University Marine Laboratory in the Division of Marine Science and Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment and served 20 years as an international law attorney in the U.S. Navy.
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).
Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli is Director for the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in the United Nations. Ms. Goettsche-Wanli was also Chief of the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs.
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.
Professor Clive Schofield is Head of Research at the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, World Maritime University (WMU) in MALMÖ, 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. Clive’s 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 Association’s 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.
Professor Keun-Gwan Lee is a professor at the School of Law, Seoul National University. He received his LL.B. from Seoul National University and his LL.M and Ph.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Cambridge respectively.
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)