University of Gothenburg

Ocean Law Group

The Ocean Law Group is one of the Law Department’s society-driven complete academic environment groups, which means that it is organised around a desire to tackle certain societal challenges rather than being based on the logic of traditional legal subject areas. In this case, the challenges are those associated with making human use and interaction with the oceans ecologically, financially and socially sustainable. This entails working with the role of law and wider governance perspectives on activities such as maritime transport, resource extraction, energy generation, and nature preservation.

Based on this rationale, the group today comprises senior researchers and PhD candidates focusing on a variety of topics, ranging from electronic transportation documents, handling of wrecks and inter modal transport solutions, to maritime spatial planning, marine genetic resources, and legal preconditions for sustainable aquaculture - all united by their shared interest in the ocean and its sustainable and efficient utilisation and preservation. As regards traditional fields of law, the research and teaching activities of the members of the Ocean Law Group span several fields, including law of the sea, maritime law, aviation (air) law, international environmental law, international trade law, international contract law, EU environmental-, climate- and energy law, as well as Swedish and comparative administrative law.

Research group

Abhinayan Basu Bal, Assistant Lecturer in Private Law
Alexander Mattisson, Research Assistant
Aron Westholm, Researcher in Ocean Governance Law, Maritime Law and Transport Law
Claes Martinson, Professor in Private Law and holder of the Torsten Pettersson chair in Maritime Law and other Transport Law
Ellen Eftestöl, Visiting Professor of Maritime Law and other Transport Law
Gabriela Argüello Moncayo, Postdoc in Ocean Governance Law
Hugo Lundberg, Doctoral Candidate
Jakob Heidbrink, Senior Lecturer
Jhonnie Kern, Lecturer in Private Law and Maritime Law and other Transport Law
Johanna Gipperth, Doctoral Candidate
Jonas Kyrönviita, Doctoral Candidate in Public Law
Julia Johansson, Doctoral Candidate
Kristjan Laas, Doctoral Candidate
Lars-Göran Malmberg, Professor Emeritus
Lena Gipperth, Professor in Environmental Law
Niels Krabbe, Researcher in Ocean Governance Law, Maritime Law and Transport Law
Thomas Erhag, Professor of Public Law
Trisha Rajput, Assistant Professor in International Law
Vonintsoa Rafaly, Postdoc in Ocean Governance Law

Ongoing Projects

Completed Projects

  • CHANGE - Changing antifouling practices for leisure boats in the Baltic. Funded by BONUS.
  • CodS – restoration and management of cod in the Skagerrak / Kattegatt. Co-funded by INTERREG IVA KASK Fund of the European Union.
  • Legal aspects on governance of natural resources. 2013-2016 in cooperation with University of Nairobi. Funded by Swedish Research Council within the programme Research links.
  • NICE - Novel instruments for effectbased assessment of chemical pollution in coastal ecosystems. 2012-2017. Funded by FORMAS as a strong research environment.
  • SPEQS - Systems Perspective on Environmental Quality Standards. Funded by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Coordinated by  Gothenburg Centre for Marine Research. 

Postdoc Projects

  • Gabriela Argüello Moncayo, Marine Governance in the Arctic Marine Environment

Doctoral Candidate Projects

  • Jonas Kyrönviita, Governing Sustainable Industries: the Aquaculture Example. 
    Funded by SWEMARC.

Previous Activities

Seminar Legal Challenges Linked to Unmanned/Automated Ships, 27 September 2018, Professor Henrik Ringbom, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law and Åbo Akademi University.

International Seminar, 26 October 2017, Governance in the Polar Regions: The Role of Law in Protecting Social and Environmental Values.

International Seminar, 23-24 October 2017, Supply Chain Finance and the Changing Landscape of International Trade.

International Conference, 7-8 november 2016, The Ecosystem Approach in Ocean Planning and Governance.