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Institute of Maritime Law

Professor Andrew Serdy

Professor of the Public International Law of the Sea

Professor Andrew Serdy


B.A. (Hons) (Syd), LL.B. (Hons) (Syd), LL.M. (ANU), PhD (ANU), Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Director of the Institute from January 2017- January 2020, Andrew lectures at the Law School in Public International Law and the International Law of the Sea and was promoted to a personal chair in 2015. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Ocean Development & International Law and a review editor for the ICES [International Council for the Exploration of the Sea] Journal of Marine Science.

Before his appointment to the University of Southampton in 2005, Andrew was first briefly an employed solicitor with Freehill, Hollingdale & Page in Sydney and then worked for many years in the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There he first served in a number of diplomatic positions (including postings in Tokyo and Warsaw), before specialising in the law of the sea in the Department’s Sea Law, Environmental Law and Antarctic Policy Section, rising to Executive Officer (i.e. deputy director). In this capacity he drafted significant parts of Australia’s November 2004 submission under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on the outer limits of Australia’s shelf where it extends beyond 200 miles from the territorial sea baseline, as well as being a member of the team that formally presented the submission to the Commission, and interacted with the sub-commission established to examine it, at its 15th session in New York in 2005. Earlier, Andrew appeared for Australia in 2000 in the Southern Bluefin Tuna case - the first ever to come before an UNCLOS Annex VII tribunal.

Andrew has advised the Canadian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on certain legal questions relating to its submission to the CLCS. In addition he has been an invited expert at a workshop organised by the OECD High Seas Task Force, and a co-author of a report to the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament on Prospects for the UN (Straddling and Highly Migratory) Fish Stocks Agreement.

Andrew participated as a co-investigator in the ongoing European Defence Agency project “Liability for operations in Unmanned Maritime Vehicles with Differing Levels of Autonomy” in which the Institute had a significant stake. In 2018 he saw to completion the University's participation in the Sea Traffic Management Validation project financed by the European Union.

Research Interests

Continental shelf and other maritime delimitation, international fisheries law, with particular emphasis on transboundary fish stocks, institutional aspects of the law of the sea.


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Professor Andrew Serdy
Institute of Maritime Law
School of Law
Southampton Law School
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8059 3402

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Andrew's monograph entitled 'The New Entrants Problem in International Fisheries Law', was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Andrew recently made two submissions to a committee of the Australian Senate which can be found here. His evidence was also mentioned in the Committee Report. In 2018 he submitted a response to the Consultation by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs on the Fisheries White Paper “Sustainable fisheries for future generations”.

Significant publications in the last five years include contributions to the leading commentary on the law of the sea and several refereed journal articles:

Part XV, sections 1 and 3 (Articles 279-285 and 297-299) and Annex II, in A. Proelß (ed), Commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (München: Verlag C.H. Beck, Oxford: Hart Publishing and Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2017), 1813-1843 (Arts 279-285), 1906-1936 (Arts 297-299) and 2067-2112 (Annex II)

“Ship Registration and Brexit”, (2019) 43 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 289-317 (with R. Coles)

“The Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean: An Overview", (2019) 33 Ocean Yearbook 401-417

“Pacta Tertiis and Regional Fisheries Management Mechanisms: the IUU Fishing Concept as an Illegitimate Short-Cut to a Legitimate Goal”, (2017) 48 Ocean Development and International Law 345-364

“The Other Australia/Japan Living Marine Resources Dispute: Inferences on the Merits of the Southern Bluefin TunaArbitration in Light of the Whaling Case”, (2017) 1 Brill Research Perspectives [in] The Law of the Sea 1-91

“The Shaky Foundations of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement: How Watertight is the Legal Seal against Access to Ports for Foreign Fishing Vessels?”, (2016) 31 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 422-441

“Implementing Article 28 of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement: The First Review of an Objection to a Conservation Measure in the New South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation”, (2016) 47 Ocean Development and International Law 1-28

He has also written chapters in two books:

“The International Legal Framework for Conservation and Management of Fisheries and Marine Mammals”, in T. Markus & M. Salomon (eds), Handbook on Marine Environmental Protection: Science, Impacts and Sustainable Management (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018), 637-657

“Delineation of the Outer Limits of Canada’s Arctic Ocean Continental Shelf and its Delimitation with Neighbouring States: Does it Matter which Comes First?”, in S. Lalonde and T.L. McDorman (eds), International Law and Politics of the Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honor of Donat Pharand (Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2015)

and was one of the authors of University of Southampton, Institute of Maritime Law and Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, The UK maritime sectors beyond Brexit: A report on the impact of Brexit on UK shipping, maritime legal services, fisheries and trade (with S. Syreloglou, Y. Baatz, R. Coles, D. Hudson, S. Quinn, M. Tsimplis, R. Veal and J. Zhang), July 2017, available here.

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