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-two volumes have been published, with the University of Chicago Press publishing volumes 1-20.


The Ocean Yearbook (current and past publications) is now available to readers in developing economy countries, as free or low-cost online access through the Research4Life programme GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information)


The International Ocean Institute (IOI), on the recommendation of the IOI Board of Governors, has reached its aim of making the Ocean Yearbook contents more widely available as free or low-cost online access to readers in developing economy countries.


Following coordination by the IOI HQ, the Ocean Yearbook publishers – BRILL – and the Ocean Yearbook editors, we are pleased to announce that the Ocean Yearbook will be part of a new Research4Life programme launched in March 2018. This will result in the provision of online access to academic legal content in developing economy countries.


Researchers, librarians, policy-makers, judges and legal experts from more than 115 low- and middle-income countries will receive free or low-cost online access to law and law-related academic and professional peer-reviewed content through their institutions. Access will be provided by a new program, Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI), a multi-stakeholder initiative of the Research4Life partnership. Additional details are available online:         



http://www.research4life.org/eligibility (Eligibility access to Research4Life)

http://www.research4life.org/howtoregister2/ (How to Register)



Latest title in series: Now available as free or low-cost online access

Ocean Yearbook 32 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. Book reviews and key legal and policy instruments are also included.  


This Volume features articles on Arvid Pardo’s Speech at the UN; the South China Sea; Human Migrations by Sea; Marine Conservation; the Ross Sea MPA; Ocean Management in the Arctic; Marine Plastics; Pacific Ocean Tuna Management; Fisheries Law Enforcement; Marine Resource Management in Fiji; Arctic Shipping Corridors; Arctic SAR Services; Ballast Water Management; LNG as a Marine Fuel; Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping; and Unmanned Vehicles in Port Security. Plus UN documents and ICP proceedings.


The Yearbook is now available online (Vol 32 publication date is the 28th June). Learn more about the electronic product here.


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Ocean Yearbook Call for Papers Volume 33 and Ocean Yearbook Student Prize 2018

Ocean Yearbook: Call for research papers submission deadline: March 31, 2018

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 33.


Ocean Yearbook Student Prize 2018: Deadline for submission of research papers: May 13, 2018

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 paper of the 2018 Ocean Yearbook Student Prize winner will be offered publication acceptance in Volume 33, to be published in 2019.


The deadline for submissions is the end of the business day on 13 May 2018, with results being announced by 16 July 2018. 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.


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

W: http://www.dal.ca/faculty/law/melaw/journals-publications/ocean-yearbook.html