International Marine Environmental Law Research

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J-5: Researching International Marine Environmental Law

Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries

July 20, 2005 – 1:30p.m. 


The following pages list a few resources which will be helpful in locating documents pertaining to International Marine Environmental Law.  In the interest of focusing on the subject at hand, many sources of common knowledge – in spite of their importance – may have been omitted from this bibliography and an effort is made to list the resources which have a direct bearing on International Marine Environmental Law.


For those who prefer a short list or a nutshell version, the following resources should set you on the right track: International Maritime Organization -, Todd Kenyon’s Admiralty Law Guide -, United Nations Environmental Programme - and Maritime Law Association of the United States  Others, who appreciate a detailed version, will benefit from the following list of sources.




The IMO is an arm of the United Nations and is responsible for developing international legal instruments dealing with maritime regulations.  Its website — —  informs users on a range of issues from the intricate aspects of the workings of the organization itself to the status of developed and developing treaties.

IMO affiliates listed below assist the Organization in its mission of maintaining safe and clean oceans.  Their websites, as described below, complement the information available at the IMO website.  Their newsletters and alerts often keep the users better informed about recent events.

GESAMP – Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection.  Deals with all scientific aspects on the prevention, reduction and control of the degradation of the marine environment -


GLOBALLAST – Global Ballast Water Management Programme.  Addresses the issue of invasive aquatic species -


Global Marine Litter Information Gateway – Focuses on the global, regional and local problem of marine litter -


London Convention 1972 – Convention on the Prevention of Maritime Pollution by Dumping Waste and Other Matters -


Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Center – Assists Mediterranean coastal States in the implementation of the Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency -


PEMSEA - Regional Programme for Marine Pollution Prevention and Management in the East Asian Seas region.  Established to work on transboundary environmental challenges in the region -


Marine Electronic Highway – integrates maritime safety technologies and environmental management systems.  Works to enhance the safety of shipping along the Straits of Malacca in South-East Asia -

Marine Environment Protection Committee plays a vital role in developing the instruments to protect the marine environment.  Documents issued in connection with the ... session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee are available at



The United Nations Environmental Programme -


Environmental Law Instruments Index -




Environmental Statistics


The above mentioned sites provide invaluable supplementary and complementary information about the legal instruments which specifically deal with the marine environment.  In addition, the news updates keep the visitors well informed.




Provide information and documents about national and regional laws and policies which may have bearing on the international instrument(s).  A few examples are:



International Marine Issues -

Links -

Australian Maritime Safety Authority – Marine Environment Protection

Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)



Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsinki Commission) -

European Maritime Safety Agency


New Zealand
               Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand

South Asia
South Asian Programme in Ocean law Policy and Management


United States

Environment Protection Agency

Implementation of Marine Pollution Treaties and International Agreements at

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanographic Data Center

U. S. Maritime Administration

(A good source of U. S. shipping statistics and trends )




Through their specialized programs, activities, research, publications, and names of distinguished authors and scholars school websites function as an important access tool.  .  Some such institutions are:


Centre de Droit Maritime et Oc�anique  (IMPORTANT!!! Search Google for

Centre de Droit Maritime et Oc�anique” and use the “translate this page” feature for the English version of this webpage.)


Tufts University – Fletcher School Edwin Ginn Library

Marine and Coastal Treaties


George Washington University

An Annotated Guide to Selected International/Foreign Law Resources


International Maritime Law Institute


Sea Grant College Network


Tulane Maritime Law Center


University of Richmond

School of Law William Taylor Muse Law Library Admiralty/Maritime Law Resources at


University of Southampton

Institute of Maritime Law


University of Oregon

School of Law


World Maritime University at



Ballast Exchange Newsletter

Coastal Management:  An International Journal of Marine Environment, Resources, Law And Society; ISSN 0892-0753


G E S A M P Reports and Studies:  (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection); ISSN 1020-4873
Globallast Newsletter
The International Lawyer; ISSN 0020-7810; (Lexis, Westlaw)

Journal of Marine Science and the Environment; ISSN 1741-1165


Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce; ISSN 0022-2410; (Lexis, Westlaw)


Lloyd’s List International; OCLC: 25751722; (Lexis, Westlaw)


Loyola Maritime Law Journal; ISSN: 1545-2506 (Lexis, Westlaw)


Marine Environmental Research; ISSN 0141-1136


Marine Pollution BulletinThe International Journal for Marine Environmentalists, Scientists, Engineers, Administrators, Politicians and Lawyers; ISSN0025-326X
Ocean and Coastal Law Journal; ISSN 1073-8843
Ocean Development and International Law Journal; ISSN: 0883-4873
Tourism in Marine Environments; ISSN 1544-273X
The Tulane Maritime Law Journal; ISSN: 1048-3748; (Lexis, Westlaw)
University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal; ISSN: 1061-3331; (Westlaw)
The WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs; ISSN: 1651-436X


Ballast water: Ecological and Fisheries Implications; Carlton, James T.; OCLC: 41228685; 1998
Canada and Marine Environmental Protection: Charting a Legal Course Towards Sustainable Development; VanderZwaag, David L.; ISBN: 9041108564; 1995
Exotic Species and the Shipping Industry: The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Ecosystem at Risk: A Special Report to the Governments of the United States and Canada; ISBN: 1895085144; 1990
Globalism :People, Profits, and Progress : Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law, Ottawa, October 18-20, 2001; ISBN: 9041198997, 9041199004; 2002
International Marine Environmental Law:  Institutions, Implementation and Innovations; Andree Kirchner; ISBN: 9041120661; 2002
The Introduction of Nonindigenous Species to the Chesapeake Bay Via Ballast Water: Strategies to Decrease the Risks of Future Introductions Through Ballast Water Management; Chesapeake Bay Commission.; OCLC: 32250924; 1995

The Marine Mammal Commission Compendium of Selected Treaties, International Agreements, and Other Relevant Documents on Marine Resources, Wildlife, and the Environment. Second Update; Weiskel, Heidi W.; ISBN: 0160506883; 2000

Pollution from Offshore Installations; Gavouneli, Maria; ISBN: 1859661866; 1853332755 (series); 1995
Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas: Report of Lord Donaldson's Inquiry Into the Prevention of Pollution from Merchant Shipping:  Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport by Command of Her Majesty. Donaldson, John Francis; ISBN: 0101256027; May 1994.

Turning the tide [electronic resource]: addressing the impact of fisheries on the marine environment


International Legal Problems of the Environmental Protection of the Baltic Sea; Fitzmaurice, M.; ISBN: 0792314026; 1992

The Stockholm Declaration and Law of the Marine Environment; Myron H Nordquist, John Norton Moore, Said Mahmoudi; ISBN: 9041199403, 904119942X; 2003



Electronic Information system for International Law

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)

Marine Technology Abstracts (Institute of Marine Engineers/British Maritime Technology)

Internet Guide to International Fisheries Law: Part 7 Protection of the Marine Environment
International Marine Environmental Law: Institutions, Implementation and Innovations – Lawyers’ Window to the Web

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

Oceanic Abstracts

OSPAR Commission

Science Direct

Todd Kenyon’s Admiralty Law Guide





Associations’ WebPages make a good resource to learn about members’ mind set and the clues about their support or opposition to the specific legal instruments.  Also, they provide links to texts or abstracts of their publications.  Overall, these pages keep the interested parties abreast of the new developments about an issue


American Society of International Law -

British Maritime Law Association - 

Canadian Maritime Law Association -

Comite’ Maritime International (Belgium) - 

Hong Kong Maritime Law Association - 

Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

Maritime Law Association of South Africa -

Maritime Law Association of the United States -

OSPAR Commission -




These websites provide information similar to that provided by Association’s WebPages.

BIMCO – The Baltic and International Maritime Council -

HELMEPA – Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association -

INTERTANKO - International Association of Independent Tanker Owners

International Shipping Federation -

Chamber of Shipping of America -