The Ocean 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 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.