Ted L. McDorman

Ted L. McDorman
Faculty of Law

BA – Toronto, LLB – Dalhousie, LLM cum laude – Dalhousie

Area of expertise

Public international law, international ocean law.


I joined the Faculty of Law in 1985 and was promoted to professor in 2001. My teaching areas include public international law, international trade law, international ocean and environmental law, and private international law (conflicts of law).

I taught Canadian constitutional law for many years and also taught Canadian environmental law and comparative Asian law. I have a cross-appointment with the Department of Geography and am an Associate of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. I have been a visiting professor at institutions in Thailand, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada. I have over 100 publications in the areas of ocean law and policy, international trade law and comparative constitutional law. Since 2000, I have been the editor-in-chief of Ocean Development and International Law: The Journal of Marine Affairs.

I have undertaken a variety of projects for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, including: the drafting of legislation, conducting workshops and report writing on fisheries and fisheries trade. I have also written reports for the governments of Canada, Quebec and British Columbia.

From 2002 to 2004, I was Academic-in-Residence with the Bureau of Legal Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. In the spring of 2007, I was the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

I was seconded to the Legal Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) from May 1, 2011 until July 31, 2013 and during that time, was based out of the DFAIT headquarters in Ottawa working primarily on Arctic-related matters.