Meet Our Speakers

Dr Penelope Ridings

international lawyer

Penelope Ridings is an international lawyer, legal adviser to the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, and is currently New Zealand’s candidate for the International Law Commission. In the past she has served as the Chief Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and High Commissioner of New Zealand to Samoa. She has been nominated to the pool of arbitrators of the WTO Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement, the panel of conciliators and arbitrators of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the list of arbitrators and conciliators under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen

Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen is the first woman to be appointed the Director General of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. She was appointed unanimously by the Fisheries Ministers at the conclusion of the 15th Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial meeting in Cook Islands in 2018. Dr Tupou-Roosen has researched and worked in fisheries for over 20 years, including over a decade as the FFA Legal Counsel.  She gained a Masters of Law in 1997 under a New Zealand scholarship, focusing on international fisheries and achieved First Class Honours. She was also awarded a PhD in Law in 2004 under a Commonwealth Scholarship, with a focus on international and regional fisheries compliance. 

Professor Kentaro Nishimoto

Tohoku University

Kentaro NISHIMOTO is a professor of international law at the School of Law, Tohoku University and Arctic Environment Research Center, National Institute of Polar Research. His research focuses on the law of the sea, including issues such as the history of the law of the sea, sustainable development of ocean resources, Arctic issues, and the settlement of maritime disputes. 

Associate Professor Joanna Mossop

Victoria University of Wellington

Joanna Mossop is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Law Faculty at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She has published on a range of law of the sea topics including marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, the continental shelf, dispute settlement, maritime security and ocean governance. She is currently a non-governmental member of the New Zealand delegation to the BBNJ negotiations, and in 2019 the New Zealand government nominated her to the list of arbitrators and conciliators under UNCLOS. 

Professor Donald Rothwell

Australian National University

Donald R Rothwell is a Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University where he has taught since July 2006. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, and implementation of international law within Australia as reflected in 26 authored, co-authored and edited books, and over 200 articles, book chapters and notes in international and Australian publications. His most recent book is Law of the Sea in South East Asia: Environmental, Navigational and Security Challenges (2020) co-edited with Letts.

Clement Yow Mulalap

Federated States of Micronesia
legal adviser

Clement Yow Mulalap, a lawyer hailing from the island of Wa’ab in the Federated States of Micronesia, is an international law consultant who specializes in international environmental law (particularly climate change law and biodiversity conservation law), the law of the sea, and international Indigenous law, with several articles and chapters published on those matters.  Among other responsibilities, he is currently the Legal Adviser for the Permanent Mission of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations and has represented the Federated States of Micronesia in various multilateral fora, including meetings for the UNFCCC and the CBD, various meetings of States Parties to UNCLOS and its implementing agreements, and the BBNJ negotiations.  He is also currently one of two Co-Chairs for the Facilitative Working Group for the UNFCCC Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.  He holds a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law (with a certificate in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies) and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law.

Dr Lowell Bautista

University of Wollongong

Lowell Bautista is Senior Lecturer and Head of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Law and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong. Dr Bautista is recognised for his expertise in the law of the sea, particularly for his contributions in the area of territorial and maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific, especially on the South China Sea. He has an established and solid track record of research publication and active research collaborations with government and academic institutions and scholars regionally and globally.

Professor Kentaro Furuya

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Japan Coast Guard Academy

Capt. Furuya, Kentaro is an adjunct professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and a professor at Japan Coast Guard Academy. He teaches Law of the Sea and Coast Guard Operations Policy for students from Asia. His field of interest includes International Law, Law of the Sea, and maritime security

Professor Natalie Klein


Dr. Natalie Klein is a Professor at UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Law, Australia, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She was previously Dean of Macquarie Law School (2011-2017) and Acting Head of the Department for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University (2013-2014). Prior to joining Macquarie, Professor Klein worked in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, served as counsel to the Government of Eritrea (1998-2002) and was a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Professor Chie Kojima

Chuo University

Chie Kojima is a Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Chuo University, Tokyo. She holds a Ph.D. degree in law from Chuo University, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale University. Her recent research interests include the protection of the marine environment, maritime security, and human rights at sea. She is an editorial board member of the Ocean Development and International Law, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy, and the Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals. 

Dr Sarah Lothian

University of Wollongong

Dr Sarah Lothian is a Lecturer within the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong.  Sarah has recently completed her PhD at the University of Sydney and her thesis concerns the legal framework required under a new Implementing Agreement to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to protect marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Sarah holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Law (Honours) degree from the University of Sydney, a Masters degree in Maritime Law (With Distinction) at the University of Nottingham and a Masters degree in Family Law at the College of Law Sydney.  Sarah is currently a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Dr Bjørn-Oliver Magsig, VUW

Victoria University of Wellington

Bjørn-Oliver Magsig is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, where he focuses on the law of freshwater resources, climate change and the marine environment. His current research explores pathways towards cooperative sovereignty and shared responsibility in a changing global order. Bjørn-Oliver has led various interdisciplinary projects revolving around the socio-legal challenges of managing transboundary natural resources, serves on the Managing Board of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF), and is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.

Professor Karen Scott

University of Canterbury

Karen Scott is a Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) and Editor-in-Chief of Ocean Development and International Law.  She teaches and researches in the areas of law of the sea, international environmental law and Polar law and policy.

Associate Professor
Makoto Seta

Yokohama City University

Dr. Makoto SETA is an Associate Professor of International Law at Yokohama City University, Japan. He holds Ph.D. in Law, Waseda University (Japan) His primary interest is the law of the sea, especially ocean governance, universal jurisdiction over maritime crimes, and private standards under the law of the sea. 

Professor Stuart Kaye

University of Wollonngong

Stuart Kaye is Director and Distinguished Professor of Law within the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He is a former Dean and Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and held a Chair in Law at the University of Melbourne from 2006 to 2010. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2007 and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2011.

Dr Camille Goodman

University of Wollongong

Dr Camille Goodman joined the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong as a Senior Lecturer in March 2021.She is also a Visiting Fellow at the ANU College of Law, where she completed her PhD in 2019.From 2005 to 2020, Camille workedat the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, providing legal and policy advice to the Australian Government on awide range of public international law issues, with a particular focuson law of the sea and international fisheries law.

Professor Jay Batongbacal

University of the Philippines

Jay L Batongbacal is a Professor and Executive Associate Dean at the University of the Philippines College of Law, with advanced degrees in Master of Marine Management and Doctor in the Science of Law from Dalhousie University (Canada). Since 1997, he has done research on diverse subjects in marine affairs and the law of the sea, from coastal resource management to maritime boundaries to the law of armed conflict at sea. He was a legal advisor to the Philippine delegation when it made a successful submission to the CLCS for a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Benham Rise Region, and for the designation of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area by the IMO.

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