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Marine Environmental Law Research Guide: 2. Non-U.N. Organizations

A comprehensive legal research guide on the international control, regulation and enforcement of pollution on the High Seas, created by Reed Elcott.

Affiliate Organizations

Marine Environment Protection Committee — plays a vital role in developing the instruments to protect the marine environment.  Documents issued in connection with the session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee are available online.


GESAMP — The acronym represents a joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection.  It is sponsored by IMOFAOUNESCO-IOCWMO, IAEA UN UNEP , and UNIDO. The group deals with all scientific aspects of the prevention, reduction and control of the degradation of the marine environment and provides authoritative, independent, interdisciplinary scientific advice to organizations and member Governments to support the protection and sustainable use of the marine environment.


GLOBALLAST — Global Ballast Water Management Programme.  This is a cooperative effort of the IMO, Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its purpose was to assist developing countries in raising awareness about the danger of invasive species and implementing measures to minimize the adverse impacts of aquatic invasive species transferred by ships in ballast water.  The program was initiated in 2000 and successfully completed in 2004.  A new phase known as GloBallast Partnerships was initiated in 2005 and is scheduled to become operational by 2008.  The full name of the Globallast Partnership project is Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water.  14 developing sub-regions, 13 Lead Partnering Countries, and over 40 countries are expected to participate in the project.


 Global Marine Litter Information Gateway – Informative website about the global, regional and local problem of marine litter. 


Marine Electronic Highway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore — Integrates maritime safety technologies and environmental management systems.  Works to enhance the safety of shipping along the Straits of Malacca in South-East Asia.


Notable Educational Institutions

Through their specialized programs, activities, research, along with their libraries, publications and publications of distinguished authors and scholars, theses institutions provide valuable tips for furthering research.  As always Admiraly Law Guide provides an additional go to source for information on Educational Institutions specializing in maritime law.


Centre Droit Maritime et Oceanique (French)

 Tufts University — Fletcher School —Edwin Ginn Library — Marine and Coastal Treaties

George Washington University  An Annotated Guide to Selected International/Foreign Law Resources

International Maritime Law Institute

Sea Grant College Network  

Tulane Maritime Law Center

University of Richmond School of Law William Taylor Muse Law Library - Admiralty/Maritime Law Resource 

University of Southampton - Institute of Maritime Law

University of Oregon — School of Law

World Maritime University