While international lawyers often employ the term 'jurisdiction,' and most of them have an inkling of what it means, defining jurisdiction is hardly self-evident" (C Ryngaert Jurisdiction in International Law (2015) 5). That is especially the case regarding ocean-related matters. This presentation focuses on a systematic study of State ocean jurisdiction that should assist in gaining a clearer understanding of the legal aspects of ocean governance by approaching the latter from a jurisdictional perspective.
About the speaker
Professor Vrancken is the first incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa, who, until then, was the Head of the Department of Public Law. He is a member of the International Law Association's Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. He was the Deputy Leader of the Marine Protection Services and Ocean Governance Lab held in Durban from the 7th of July to the 14th of August 2014 as part of Operation Phakisa. He is the Chairperson of the DHET Operation Phakisa Skills Initiative Working Group for Marine Protection and Governance. He is also a member of the advisory board of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI).
Professor Vrancken has published extensively about the law of the sea in Africa, ocean governance, state ocean jurisdiction, transnational organized fisheries crime, port law and marine tourism law.