Member of the Editorial Board, Ocean Development & International Law; Review Editor for the ICES [International Council for the Exploration of the Sea] Journal of Marine Science.
Author of The New Entrants Problem in International Fisheries Law (CUP, 2016) and of the entries for 19 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in the Proelss commentary (Hart/Beck, 2017) and over 40 other book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as submissions and reports to committees of the UK, Australian and European Parliaments.
Consultancies for the Canadian Government on the outer limit of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on rights-based management of deep-sea fisheries in the area beyond national jurisdiction.
Former (2017-20) Director of the Institute of Maritime Law within Southampton Law School; currently co-ordinator of PhD admissions.
- International Fisheries Law (particularly transboundary fish stocks)
- Continental shelf and other maritime delimitation
- Technical and institutional aspects of the Law of the Sea
(1) The long-running negotiations on fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organization;
(2) Co-editing (with Prof Suzanne Lalonde) a research handbook on the the law of the sea in the Edward Elgar Research Handbooks in International Law series.
In recent years has taught the International Law of the Sea and the Law of the World Trade Organization in the LLM and Public International Law in the LLB.
A further LLM module on Dispute Settlement in International Law is currently dormant but has prospects of being revived.
Recruited by Southampton in 2005 as Lecturer in Public International Law specialising in the Law of the Sea; promoted to reader in 2011 and a Personal Chair in 2015.
Began his career in the construction law section of Freehill, Hollingdale & Page, Sydney (now Herbert Smith Freehills), subsequently served in the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 16 years (including diplomatic 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 2004 submission under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 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 2004 Australia-New Zealand maritime boundary delimitation treaty and the 2003 Australia-East Timor Agreement on the Unitisation of the Sunrise and Troubadour Petroleum Deposit.