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Davor Vidas

Davor VidasPosition at FNI: Research Professor, Director of the Law of the Sea and Marine Affairs Programme.

Academic background
   Full Professor competence.
   Doctor of Law, University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, 1995.
   Master of Law, University of Split - Specialistic master study on "The Law of the Sea", 1987.
   Diploma in Law (cand. juris), Faculty of Law – University of Zagreb, 1983.

Professional experience
   Over 30 years of professional experience in International Law.
   Over 20 years of experience in leadership of international projects.

Key postions held at scholarly institutions
   Director, Law of the Sea and Marine Affairs Programme, FNI (2003-present).
   Senior Research Fellow at FNI (1995-2008).
   Co-director, "Law of the Sea" Course, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Croatia (1997-2002).
   Director, Polar Programme, FNI (1995-2000 and 2002).
   Research Fellow, FNI (1992-1995).
   Member of the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law – University of Zagreb, Croatia (1984-1992).

Other selected professional experience
   Chair of the ILA International Committee on 'International Law and Sea-Level Rise', (2012-present)
   Member of the ILA International Committee on 'Baselines under the International Law of the Sea', Norwegian branch representative (2012-present).
   Member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (2009-present).
   Member of the International Advisory Board of the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, USA (2004-present).
   Editor-in-Chief, Anthropocene - book series (Skolska knjiga)
   Editor-in-Chief, Brill Research Perspectives in the Law of the Sea (Brill)
   Member of the Editorial Board of: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, (Brill), The Anthropocene Review (SAGE), Climate Law (Brill).
   Co-chair of the IUCN/CEL Group of legal experts on the Mediterranean Sea (2006-2010).
   Member/adviser of Norwegian delegations to international conferences and organisations, including: the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (1992-2002); the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (2001-2002); the FAO Committee on Fisheries (2003); the International Maritime Organization (2004-2006).
   External expert/consultant to international organisations, including: OECD (on IUU fishing), UNEP (on polar environmental policy).
   Visiting researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute for Private and Public International Law, The Hague, The Netherlands (1990-1991).

Main research interests
   International Law
   Law of the Sea
   Maritime delimitation
   Marine environment and resources
   Maritime transport and marine pollution issues
   Antarctic law and policy
   Adriatic Sea issues

Major publications


Vidas, Davor and Peter Johan Schei (eds), The World Ocean in Globalisation. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2011, 580 p.

Vidas, Davor (ed), Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation – IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010, 642 p.

Vidas, Davor, Hrvatsko-slovensko razgranicenje ('Croatian-Slovenian Delimitation'). Zagreb, Skolska knjiga, 2009, 75 p. In Croatian.

Vidas, Davor, Zastita Jadrana ('Protecting the Adriatic Sea'). Zagreb, Skolska knjiga, 2007, 274 p. In Croatian.

Vidas, Davor (ed), Protecting the Polar Marine Environment. Law and Policy for Pollution Prevention. Paperback edition. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007, 276 p.

Vidas, Davor (ed), Implementing the Environmental Protection Regime for the Antarctic. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000, 446 p.

Vidas, Davor (ed), Protecting the Polar Marine Environment: Law and Policy for Pollution Prevention. Hardback edition. Cambridge University Press, 2000, 276 pp.

Vidas, Davor and Willy Østreng (eds), Order for the Oceans at the Turn of the Century. The Hague - London - Boston, Kluwer Law International, 1999, 610 p.

Vidas, Davor (ed), Arctic Development and Environmental Challenges: Information needs for decision-making and international co-operation. Copenhagen, Scandinavian Seminar College, 1997.

Stokke, Olav Schram and Davor Vidas (eds), Governing the Antarctic: The Effectiveness and Legitimacy of the Antarctic System. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Recent journal articles and book chapters

Williams, Mark, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Matt Edgeworth, Carys Bennett, Anthony D. Barnosky, Erle C. Ellis, Michael A. Ellis, Alejandro Cearreta, Peter K. Haff, Juliana A. Ivar do Sul, Reinhold Leinfelder, John R. McNeill, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Andrew Revkin, Daniel deB Richter, Will Steffen, Colin Summerhayes, James P. Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Scott L. Wing, Alexander P. Wolfe, An Zhisheng, 'The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere'. Earth's Future, Vol 4, No 3, 2016, pp. 34-53.

Steffen, Will, Reinhold Leinfelder, Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, Mark Williams, Colin Summerhayes ,Anthony D. Barnosky, Alejandro Cearreta, Paul Crutzen, Matt Edgeworth, Erle C. Ellis, Ian J. Fairchild, Agnieszka Galuszka, Jacques Grinevald, Alan Haywood, Juliana Ivar do Sul, Catherine Jeandel, J.R. McNeill, Eric Odada, Naomi Oreskes, Andrew Revkin, Daniel de B. Richter, James Syvitski, Davor Vidas, Michael Wagreich, Scott L. Wing, Alexander P. Wolfe and H.J. Schellnhuber, 'Stratigraphic and Earth System Approaches in Defining the Anthropocene'. Earth's Future, Vol 4, No 8, 2016, pp. 324-345.

Vidas, Davor, Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams, 'What is the Anthropocene - and Why Is It Relevant for International Law?' Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol 25, No 1, 2015, pp. 3-23.

Waters, CN, J Zalasiewicz, C Summerhayes, A Barnosky, C Poirier, A Galuszka, A Cearreta, M Edgeworth, E Ellis, M Ellis, C Jeandel, R Leinfelder, J McNeill, D Richter, W Steffen, J Syvitski, D Vidas, M Wagreich, M Williams, A Zhisheng, J Grinevald, E Odada, N. Oreskes and A.P. Wolfe, 'The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene', Science, Vol 351, No 6269, 2016, pp. 138-147.

Vidas, Davor, 'The Earth in the Anthropocene - and the World in the Holocene?', ESIL Reflections, Vol 4, No 6, August 2015, pp. 1-7.

Vidas, Davor, Ole Kristian Fauchald, Øystein Jensen and Morten Walløe Tvedt, 'International law for the Anthropocene? Shifting perspectives in regulation of the oceans, environment and genetic resources'. Anthropocene, Vol 9, 2015, pp. 1-13.

Zalasiewicz, J., C. Waters, A. Barnosky, A. Cearreta, M. Edgeworth, E. Ellis, A. Galuszka, P. Gibbard, J. Grinevald, I. Hajdas, J. do Sul, C. Jeandel, R. Leinfelder, J. McNeill, C. Poirier, A. Revkin, D. Richter, W. Steffen, C. Summerhayes, J. Syvitski, D. Vidas, M. Wagreich, M. Williams and A. Wolfe, 'Colonization of the Americas, ‘Little Ice Age’ climate, and bomb-produced carbon: Their role in defining the Anthropocene'. The Anthropocene Review, Vol 2, No 2, 2015, pp. 117-127.

Vidas, Davor, David Freestone and Jane McAdam, 'International Law and Sea Level Rise: The New ILA Committee'. ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol 21, No 2, 2015, pp. 397-408.

Zalasiewicz, J., C.N. Waters, M. Williams, A.D. Barnosky, A. Cearreta, P. Crutzen, E. Ellis, M.A. Ellis, I.J. Fairchild, J. Grinevald, P.K. Haff, I. Hajdas, R. Leinfelder, J. McNeill, E.O. Odada, C. Poirier, D. Richter, W. Steffen, C. Summerhayes, J.P. Syvitski, D. Vidas, M. Wagreich, S.L. Wing, A.P. Wolfe, A. Zhisheng, N. Oreskes, 'When did the Anthropocene begin? A mid-twentieth century boundary level is stratigraphically optimal', Quaternary International, Vol 383, 05.10.2015, pp. 196-203.

Vidas, Davor, 'Oceans in the Anthropocene - and Rules of the Holocene'. In N. Möllers, C. Schwägerl and H. Trischler (eds), Welcome to the Anthropocene. Munich, Deutsches Museum Verlag, 2015, pp. 56-59.

Vidas, Davor, 'Sea Level Rise and International Law: At the Convergence of Two Epochs'. Climate Law, Vol 4, Nos 1-2, 2014, pp. 70-84.

Vidas, Davor, 'Consolidation or Deviation? On Trends and Challenges in the Settlement of Maritime Delimitation Disputes by International Courts and Tribunals'. In N. Boschiero, T. Scovazzi et al (eds), International Courts and the Development of International Law: Essays in Honour of Tullio Treves. The Hague/Berlin, TMC Asser Press/Springer, 2013, pp. 323-332.

Vidas, Davor, 'Subregional Marine Governance: The Case of the Adriatic Sea'. In H.N. Schieber and J.-H. Paik (eds), Regions, Institutions and Law of the Sea. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill Academic Publishers, 2013, pp. 337-355.

Vidas, Davor and Maja Markovcic Kostelac, 'Ballast Water and Alien Species: Regulating Global Transfers and Regional Consequences'. In Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei (eds), The World Ocean in Globalisation. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2011, pp. 371-392.

Vidas, Davor, 'The Anthropocene and the International Law of the Sea' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Vol 369, No 1938, 2011, pp. 909-925.

Vidas, Davor, 'Responsbility for the Seas'. In Davor Vidas (ed), Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation – IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010, pp. 3-40.

Vidas, Davor, 'The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the European Union and the Rule of Law: What is Going on in the Adriatic Sea?' The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Vol 24, No 1, 2009, pp. 1-66.

Vidas, Davor, 'United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea'. In Riffenburgh, Beau (ed), Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. New York, Routledge, 2007, pp. 1017-1018.

Vidas, Davor, 'Protecting the European Seas as Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas: The Need for Regional Cooperation in the Adriatic Sea'. In Ott, K. (ed), Croatian Accession to the European Union, Vol 4. Zagreb, Institute of Public Finance/Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2006, pp. 347-380.

Vidas, Davor, 'IUU Fishing or IUU Operations? Some Observations on Diagnosis and Current Treatment'. In Caron, D.D. and H.N. Scheiber (eds), Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters. Publications on Ocean Development, Vol 47. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004, pp. 125-144.

Vidas, Davor, 'The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty: A Ten-Year Review'. In Stokke, Olav Schram and Øystein B. Thommessen (eds), Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development 2002/2003. London, Earthscan, 2002, pp. 51-60.

Vukas, Budislav and Davor Vidas, 'Flags of Convenience and High Seas Fishing: The Emergence of a Legal Framework'. In Stokke, Olav Schram (ed), Governing High Seas Fisheries: The Interplay of Global and Regional Regimes. Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 54-90.

Vidas, Davor, 'Emerging Law of the Sea Issues in the Antarctic Maritime Area: A Heritage for the New Century?'. Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 31, Nos 1-2, 2000, pp. 195-220.

Recent commentary articles

Zalasiewicz, Jan, Colin N. Waters et al (incl. Davor Vidas), 'Disputed start dates for Anthropocene', Nature, Vol 520, 23.04.2015.

Zalasiewicz, Jan and Davor Vidas, 'The Anthropocene — why does it matter for policymakers?', Government Gazette, 24.04.2015.

Vidas, Davor (interview), 'Odvjetnik Plavog planeta' ('An Attorney of the Blue Planet'), More, No 190, February 2011. In Croatian.

Vidas, Davor, 'The Adriatic Sea Today: Unsolved Issues and Challenges', MEPIELAN E-Bulletin, 22.12.2010.

Vidas, Davor, 'Jadran i EU: More na putu' ('The Adriatic and the EU: A Sea on the Way'), Universitas, 26.11.2010. In Croatian.

Vidas, Davor, 'Slovenia: High seas sacred, yet too distant under international law',, 2 October 2009.

Vidas, Davor, 'Odgovornost za granice' ('Responsibility for the Borders'), Glas Koncila, 1 February 2009. In Croatian.
Contact details
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 Related focal points of research

   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Arctic and Russian politics
   Global environmental governance and law

 Important ongoing projects

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century.

Fundamental Challenges for the Law of the Sea

 Important past projects

International Law for an Anthropocene Epoch? Shifting Perspectives in the Law of the Sea, Environmental Law and Genetic Resources Law (2011-2015)

Marine Environment Protection and Resource Management: The Changing Legal and Policy Framework for the Adriatic Sea (2006-2011)

The World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions (conference & book)

Regional Cooperation and Marine Pollution in the Adriatic Sea: Developing Effective Measures against Ship-Based Pollution (2007-2009)

Bioprospecting in the Antarctic: Exploring Options for the Legal Framework (2005-2008)

Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) for the Adriatic Sea (2005-2006)

Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing: Implementing Mechanisms for Jurisdiction, Control End Enforcement (2002-2006)

Ballast Water Issues for Croatia: Possible Usefulness of Norwegian Experience and Expertise (2004-2005)

Implementation of Legal Measures for Protection of the Regional Marine Environment: The Role of Maritime Jurisdiction (2002-2005)

Antarctic Treaty System for the 21st Century (2001-2002)

Order for the Oceans at the Turn of the Century (1998-1999)

Implementing the Environmental Protection Regime for the Antarctic (1998-2000)

Polar Oceans and the Law of the Sea (POLOS) (1996-1998)

International Antarctic Regime Project (1992-1995)

 Recent relevant FNI News

Scientists: Yes, the anthropocene is real (30.08.2016)

The Anthropocene Working Group meeting at FNI (25.04.2016)

KLIMAFORSK Announcement Means Strong Boost to FNI Climate Research (11.03.2014)

FNI to Play Key Role in New Research Centre on Ocean Law (12.04.2013)

 Recent media coverage

'What is the Anthropocene - and why is it relevant for international law?', University of Leicester News, 27.06.2016.

'Imagining the Anthropocene', Utopia or Dystopia, 14.06.2016.

'Die Menschenzeit' ('The era of the humans'), FixPoetry, 21.04.2016. In German.

'The Anthropocene: Hard evidence for a human-driven Earth', ScienceDaily, 07.01.2016.

'Notes from Madrid: Sea-Level rise and shifting baselines', Global Challenges - University of Wollongong, 20.01.2015.

'Gärtner für die Erde gesucht' ('Gardener for the Earth wanted'), Stuttgarter Zeitung, 19.01.2015. In German.

'Anthropocene: is this the new epoch of humans?', The Guardian, 16.10.2014.

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