Dr. Alex G. Oude Elferink is the deputy director of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea and a senior lecturer at Utrecht University. He has over 20 years of experience in research on public international law, with a focus on the law of the sea. His experience concerns both scientific research resulting in publications in peer reviewed journals and books and consultancies. He has done consultancy work for various organizations, including the European Parliament, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international companies. These consultancies cover such topics as the implementation of the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement, the applicability of EC law in the field shipping to overseas territories mentioned in article 299 of the EC Treaty, the meaning of the term genuine link between the flag State and its ships contained in article 91 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and international instruments and EU law applicable to the Netherlands part of the North Sea. His academic work includes projects on the law of the sea and the polar regions and the protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction.