Ted L McDorman

Professor


Ted L. McDorman

Ted L McDorman


Tel: 250-721-8181
Fax: 250-721-8146
Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2
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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.

  • BA – Toronto (1976)
  • LLB – Dalhousie (1979)
  • LLM cum laude – Dalhousie (1982)

2016

  • “The Law of the Sea Convention and the U-Shaped Line: Some Comments” in Shicun Wu and Keyuan Zou, eds., Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Surrey, U.K., Ashgate, 2016), pp. 147-155.

  • “Thinking the Unthinkable: A Few Words on International Adjudication and the Territorial and Maritime Disputes between China, Japan and Korea” (2016), 4 Korean Journal of International Law and Policy 74-84.

2015

  • Co-editor with Suzanne Lalonde, International Law and Politics of the Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honor of Donat Pharand (Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2015), 458 p.

  • “A Note on the Potential Conflicting Treaty Rights and Obligations between the IMO’s Polar Code and Article 234 of the Law of the Sea Convention” 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), pp. 141-159.

  • “Continental Shelf,” in D.R. Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, K. Scott and T. Stephens, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 181-202.

  • “Sovereign Immune Vessels: Immunities, Responsibilities and Exemptions” in Henrik Ringbom, ed., Jurisdiction Over Ships: Post-UNCLOS Developments in the Law of the Sea (Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2015), pp. 82-102.

  • “The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 N Miles in the Arctic Ocean” (2015), 34 No. 1 Pacific Rim 70-89 (Publication of the Far Eastern Federal University – Vladivostok, Russian Federation).

  • Lead author with Clive Schofield, “Maritime Limits and Boundaries in the Arctic Ocean: Agreements and Disputes” in L.C. Jensen and G Honneland, eds., Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic (Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar, 2015). pp. 207-226.

2014

  • “A Note on the 2009 Legal and Political Developments Concerning the Continental Shelf in the South China Sea” in Shicun Wu and Keyuan Zou, eds., Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea: Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 33-46.

  • “Canada, the United States and International Law of the Sea in the Arctic Ocean” in Tim Stephens and David L. VanderZwaag, eds., Polar Oceans Governance in an Era of Environmental Change (Northampton: Edward Elgar, 2014), pp. 253-268.

  • “The Safety of Navigation in the Arctic Ocean and the Role of Coast Guards: The International Legal and Institutional Context” (2014), 2 Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law 27-45.

  • Co-editor with Hugh M. Kindred, et al., International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada (8th edition) (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2014), chapter nine “Law of the Sea,” pp. 653-717.

  • “Rights and Jurisdiction over Resources in the South China Sea: UNCLOS and the ‘Nine-Dash Line’” in S. Jayakumar, Tommy Koh and Robert Beckman, eds., The South China Dispute and Law of the Sea (Northampton: Edward Elgar, 2014), pp. 144-163.

  • “The South China Sea: The U-Shaped Line, Islands and the Philippine-China Arbitration” (2013), 56 German Yearbook of International Law 33-62.

2009 and earlier

  • Co-editor with Aldo Chircop and Susan J. Rolston, The Future of Ocean Regime-Building: Essays in Tribute to Douglas M. Johnston (Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 2009), 786 p.
  • with Aldo Chircop and Susan J. Rolston, "Introduction: Setting the Stage" in Aldo Chircop, Ted L. McDorman and Susan J. Rolston, eds., The Future of Ocean Regime-Building: Essays in Tribute to Douglas M. Johnston (Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 2009), pp. 25-37.
  • "Notes on the Historic Waters Regime and the Bay of Fundy" in Aldo Chircop, Ted L. McDorman and Susan J. Rolston, eds., The Future of Ocean Regime-Building: Essays in Tribute to Douglas M. Johnston (Leiden, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff, 1999), pp. 701-722.
  • Salt Water Neighbors: International Ocean Law Relations Between the United States and Canada (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 382 p.
  • "Canada-U.S. International Ocean Law Relations in the North Pacific: Disputes, Agreements and Cooperation," in Seoung-Yong Hong and Jon M. VanDyke, eds., Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement, Processes and the Law of the Sea (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2009), pp. 177-197.
  • "Canada's Ocean Jurisdiction in the Arctic: An Overview of Maritime Boundary Issues," in Rob Huebert, ed., Thawing Ice -- Cold War: Canada's Security, Sovereignty and Environmental Concerns in the Arctic (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, Bison Paper No. 12, 2009), pp. 9-24.
  • "Canada-United State Bilateral Ocean Law Relations in the Arctic" (2009), 5 Southwestern Journal of International Law 283-300.
  • "Canada-United States Cooperative Approaches to Shared Marine Fishery Resources: Territorial Subversion?" (2009), 30 Michigan Journal of International Law 665-687.
  • Public International Law - LAW 330