Erik J. Molenaar WG1 Leader - Netherlands

Prof. Erik Jaap Molenaar has been with the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) at Utrecht University since 1994 and currently holds the position of Deputy Director. In 2006 he also became employed by the University of Tromsø, Norway, where he currently is a Professor with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea. After having completed his PhD on ‘Coastal State Jurisdiction over Vessel-Source Pollution’ (1998) and his tasks as assistant rapporteur to the International Law Association (ILA)’s Committee on Coastal State Jurisdiction Relating to Marine Pollution, he broadened his research field with international fisheries law and the international law relating to the Antarctic and Arctic. In addition to fundamental research, he has also provided juridical advice to, inter alia, various shipping and fishing companies, Netherlands and Norwegian Ministries, the European Parliament, the European Commission, and UNEP and FAO. His research has led to his participation in various diplomatic conferences and other intergovernmental meetings, including the annual meetings of several regional fisheries management organizations. Since 2010, his research has a specific focus on adapting governance and regulation in the marine Arctic to climate change.


"Options for Regional Regulation of Merchant Shipping Outside IMO, with Particular Reference to the Arctic Region", 45 Ocean Development & International Law 2014


Co-editor with A.G. Oude Elferink and D.R. Rothwell, The Law of the Sea and Polar Regions: Interactions between Global and Regional Regimes (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: 2013


"Port State Jurisdiction: Toward Comprehensive, Mandatory and Global Coverage", 38 Ocean Development & International Law 225-257 (2007)


"Sea-Borne Tourism in Antarctica: Avenues for Further Intergovernmental Regulation", 20 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 1-49 (2005)


"Navigational Rights and Freedoms in a European Regional Context", in D.R. Rothwell and S. Bateman (eds.), Navigational Rights and Freedoms and the New Law of the Sea (The Hague/London/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers: 2000), pp. 22-46


Co-author, "Final Report of the Committee on Coastal State Jurisdiction Relating to Marine Pollution", in Report of the Sixty-Ninth Conference, London (2000), (London, International Law Association: 2000), pp. 443-500;


Co-author with K. Hakapää, "Innocent Passage - Past and Present", Jussens Venner 333-354, No. 6 (1998); 23 Marine Policy 131-145 (1999)


Coastal State Jurisdiction over Vessel-Source Pollution (The Hague/Boston/London, Kluwer Law International: 1998)


"Second Report of the ILA Committee on Coastal State Jurisdiction Relating to Marine Pollution", in: Report of the Sixty-Eighth Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (1998) (London, International Law Association: 1998), pp. 372-400


"Residual Jurisdiction under IMO Regulatory Conventions", in H. Ringbom (ed.) Competing Norms in the Law of Marine Environmental Protection (London/The Hague/Boston, Kluwer Law International: 1997), pp. 201-216


"EC Directive on Port State Control in Context", 11 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 241-288 (1996)