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About Aldo Chircop

Dr Chircop's principal areas of research are in Canadian maritime law, international maritime law and international law of the sea. In particular, his maritime research focuses on the international regulation of shipping in polar regions, especially in the Arctic. He is Chair of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Polar Shipping. His previous positions included directorships of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW), Marine Affairs Program (MAP), International Ocean Institute (IOI) and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta. Dr Chircop was also Canadian Chair in Marine Environment Protection at the IMO's World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden. Dr. Chircop has published extensively in Canada and overseas.


Present Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Marine and Environmental Law Institute


2017 - Present Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (ICELAW)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, Canadian Transportation Research Forum
Cross-appointment, Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Department of Political Science
Research Advisory Committee, Clear Seas, Vancouver
Member, Conseil Scientifique, Institut Universitaire de la Mer, Brest, France
Cross-appointment, International Development Studies Program, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Chair, International Working Group on Polar Shipping, Comité Maritime International
Cross-appointment, Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
Member, Marine Technology Society
Member, Member of Canadian Maritime Law Association
Member, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Board Director, Oceans Learning Partnership, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Honors and Awards

  • Co-recipient, with Professors Hugh Kindred and Edgar Gold, Walter Owen Book Prize at the Canadian Bar Association in 2005
  • Recipient of the Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies Distinguished Services Award
  • Recipient of the Dalhousie Student Union's Teaching Excellence Award for the Faculty of Law


LLD, University of Malta
LLM, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
JSD, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Books (9)

Open Access Books (1)

Book Chapters (18)