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Professor Andrew Serdy BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, Solicitor

Professor of Public International Law and Ocean Governance

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BA (Hons)(Sydney), LLB (Hons)(Sydney), LLM (ANU), PhD (ANU).

Recruited by Southampton in 2005 to teach the international law of the sea in the LLM and public international law in the LLB.

Formerly served in a number of diplomatic positions in the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (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.

Legal adviser to Australian delegations to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and other international meetings; appeared for Australia in 2000 in the Southern Bluefin Tuna case.

Worked also on 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 on the outer limits of Australia's shelf where it extends beyond 200 miles from the territorial sea baseline, as well as on the Australia-New Zealand maritime boundary delimitation treaty of 25 July 2004 and the 2003 Australia-East Timor Agreement on the Unitisation of the Sunrise and Troubadour Petroleum Deposit.

Member of the Editorial Board, Ocean Development and International Law and of the Peer Review Committee, German Yearbook of International Law; Review Editor for the ICES [International Council for the Exploration of the Sea] Journal of Marine Science. 

Research interests

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

Andrew would be pleased to hear from potential PhD candidates interested in any of the above topics or in the interaction between State responsibility and the use of the international commons.

Affiliate research group

Institute of Maritime Law

Director of the Institute of Maritime Law

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