Doherty Lectures

Judge WolfrumThe Doherty Lecture on Oceans Policy is presented by prominent leaders, scientists, and other experts in the field of oceans law and policy. The series is named for the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Inc., a longtime supporter of oceanographic research and the major supporter of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy. The Doherty Lecture is typically published in the Journal of the Marine Technology Society.

The lecture is held in the Congressional Office Buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. It has consistently attracted a broad constituency, including congressional policymakers, federal agencies, independent organizations, and concerned individuals. Contact the to request additional information.

The 28th Doherty Lecture took place April 13, 2006 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. ITLOS Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum spoke on Terrorism and the Law of the Sea. We are pleased to present here the text of Judge Wolfrum's lecture (with 2007 updates): "Fighting Terrorism at Sea: Options and Limitations under International Law." It is published in Legal Challenges in Maritime Security, Eds. M.H. Nordquist, R. Wolfrum, J.N. Moore, and R. Long (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008).

In recent years, the following speakers have delivered Doherty Lectures:

2003 - 27th Doherty Lecture
RADM Michael F. Lohr, JAGC, USN "Freedom of Navigation in the EEZ" Judge Advocate General, Department of Defense Representative for Ocean Policy Affairs
2002 - 26th Doherty Lecture
The Honorable Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., USN (ret.) "NOAA Challenges and Visions for the Future" Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
2001 - 25th Doherty Lecture
John P. Craven "What every American needs to know about our Nation and the Sea" Former Director, Law of the Sea Institute, and Founder, Common Heritage Corp.
2000 - 24th Doherty Lecture
Gerhard E. Kurz "The Future of the Panama Canal" Former President of Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company

Special Workshops

Center for International Law (National University of Singapore):

Workshop on Submarine Cables and the Law of the Sea

14-15 December, 2009, Singapore agenda/registration

Oceans Policy Forums

Oceans Policy Forum: U.S. Senate

American Security Interests and the Law of the Sea

April 12, 2006

4:30-5:30 PM Wine & Cheese Reception

5:30-7:00 PM Presentation and Discussion

SH 902 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC

Brochure/registration form

An Interim Report on the United States Ocean Commission Featuring Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), Chairman, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

October 3, 2002

4:45-5:30 PM Reception

5:30-7:00 PM Forum

Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC

Terrorism Problems Facing the Maritime Industry

Thursday, November 15, 2001

4:30-5:00 PM Reception

5:00-7:00 PM Forum

International Trade Center Washington, DC

Moderator: John Norton Moore, Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy

Panelists: VADM Albert Herberger, USN (ret.), Former Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

CDR Thomas Beistle, USCG, Chief, Marine Safety & Port Security

Gary Brandt, President, South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers, Inc.

Edward V. Kelly, Vice President, American Maritime Offices    

Ocean Exploration Forum

April 19, 2001

Gold Room

2168 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC

4:45 PM Reception

5:30 PM Presentation & Discussion

A Presidential panel recently recommended a bold new strategy for national leadership in oceans exploration. The oceans cover over 70% of the globe, yet 95% remains unexplored and unknown. Rapid advances in technology now allow the discovery of what has remained hidden from view since the beginning of human existence--new resources and unknown life forms, and answers to how the living earth works. The panelists will present different perspectives on the scope of strategy and how best to implement it.

Moderator: John Norton Moore Director, Center for Oceans Law & Policy

Panelists: John Rayfield Legislative Staff, Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans, House Committee on Resources

Co-Presentation Barbara Moore Program Director, National Undersea Research Program, NOAA & Commander Craig McLean Director, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

Marcia McNutt President, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Paul L. Kelly Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Rowan Companies, Inc.