Ocean Yearbook

The International Ocean Institute's major publication is The Ocean Yearbook, since 1978, and originally under the senior editorship of the late Professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese, is a collaborative initiative of the IOI in Malta and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute (www.dal.ca/law/MELAW) and published by Brill Nijhoff Publishers at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. The Ocean Yearbook presents leading-edge articles, reports and reference materials devoted to the issues and concerns affecting the world’s oceans.


Devoted to assessing the state of the ocean and coastal governance, knowledge, and management, the Ocean Yearbook provides information in one convenient resource. The objectives of the Ocean Yearbook include encouraging emerging young scholars and fostering contributions from developing countries.


Articles provide multidisciplinary expert perspectives on contemporary issues. Each new volume draws on policy studies, international relations, international and comparative law, management, marine sciences, economics, and social sciences. Each volume contains key legal and policy instruments and an annually updated global directory of ocean-related organizations. 


Ocean Yearbook was founded by the late Elisabeth Mann Borgese and is currently edited by Aldo Chircop, Moira L McConnell, and Scott Coffen-Smout. The editorial offices of Ocean Yearbook are in the Marine & Environmental Law Institute. Thirty-one volumes have been published, with the University of Chicago Press publishing volumes 1-19.


The Yearbook is now available online. Learn more about the electronic product here:



Latest title in series

Ocean Yearbook 31 edited by Aldo Chrcop, Scott-Coffen-Smout and Moira McConnell at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.


As in previous editions, articles provide multidisciplinary expert perspectives on contemporary issues. Each new volume draws on policy studies, international relations, international and comparative law, management, marine sciences, economics, and social sciences. Each volume contains key legal and policy instruments.


This Volume includes 18 articles on themes such as: Fisheries Management and Climate Change; Coastal Heritage Protection; Polar Oceans Governance; Refugees and the Law of the Sea; Maritime Boundaries; the South China Sea Arbitration; the ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Fisheries; IMO Dispersant Use Guidelines; Offshore Liability; and Ships’ Carbon Dioxide Emissions.


Book reviews and key legal and policy instruments are also included. 


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Ocean Yearbook Call for Papers Volume 32 and Ocean Yearbook Student Prize 2017

Ocean Yearbook: Call for research papers submission deadline: March 31, 2017

The IOI’s Ocean Yearbook publication is published by Brill Nijhoff in cooperation with the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Articles on issues and prospects, ocean governance, living resources of the ocean, non-living ocean resources, transportation and communications, environment and coastal management, maritime security, military activities, regional developments, training and education, and ocean polar issues will be considered for Volume 32.


Ocean Yearbook Student Prize 2017: Deadline for submission of research papers: May 15, 2017

The Ocean Yearbook Student Prize is an annual competition open to students writing research papers on marine affairs subjects at any university or other tertiary education institution. 


The deadline for submissions is the end of the business day on 15 May 2017, with results being announced by 15 July 2017. Papers should be submitted electronically in Word or Wordperfect and also as a hard copy. All enquiries and paper submissions should be directed to the Co-Editor, Ocean Yearbook Editorial Office.


The 2016 Ocean Yearbook Student Prize winner is Cassidy Gale for the paper The Shiprider Shadow: Situating U.S.-Caribbean Interdiction Agreements within the law of the sea. It will be offered publication acceptance in Volume 31, to be published in 2017.


EDITORS: Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout and Moira McConnell.


Please address your correspondence to:


Scott Coffen-Smout, Co-Editor

Ocean Yearbook Editorial Office

Marine & Environmental Law Institute

Schulich School of Law

6061 University Avenue PO Box 15000

Halifax, Nova Scotia



E:  ocean.yearbook@dal.ca

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