Judge L. Dolliver M. Nelson

Member of the Tribunal since 1 October 1996; re-elected as from 1 October 2005; Vice-President of the Tribunal 1999-2002; President of the Tribunal 2002-2005

Born: Sauteurs, Grenada, 27 June 1932. 

Education: B.A., University of the West Indies (1954); LL.M., London School of Economics (1964); Ph.D., London School of Economics (1969); Barrister-at-Law, Gray’s Inn, London (1971); admitted to the Bar of Grenada (1972); LL.D. honoris causa, University of the West Indies (2006). 

Professional Experience: Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics (1970–1977); Law of the Sea Officer (1974–1976), Senior Law of the Sea Officer (1976–1984), Deputy-Director (1984–1994), Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea; Secretary, Drafting Committee of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea (1974–1982); Visiting Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (1980); Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission for the International Seabed Authority and for the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (1983–1994); acted as Legal Adviser in the UN Secretary-General’s informal consultations on deep seabed mining issues, which concluded in 1994 with the adoption of the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1990–1994); Secretary, Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (1993–1994); Visiting Professor of International Law, London School of Economics (1995–2003); lectured on aspects of the law of the sea in several institutions and actively participated in numerous seminars and workshops in various parts of the world; President, Annex VII Tribunal (Guyana/Suriname) (2004–2007).

Member: Committee on Legal Issues of the Outer Continental Shelf, International Law Association (Chairman 2000–2006); Editorial Board, Marine Policy (1993–present); Committee on Coastal State Jurisdiction relating to Marine Pollution, International Law Association (1992–2000); research team responsible for the Commentary on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia (1984–1994); Committee on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), International Law Association (Rapporteur 1982–1989); Committee on the Law of the Sea, International Law Association (1974–1980); American Society of International Law (1970–present, Counsellor 2006–2009); Committee on Baselines under the International Law of the Sea, International Law Association (2008–present, Chairman 2008–2012).

Publications: Contributed to various international legal periodicals and publications, including The British Year Book of International Law, The American Journal of International Law, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, The Modern Law Review, The Netherlands International Law Review, The Indian Journal of International Law and The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law; to the following Festschriften:  International Law at a Time of Perplexity – Essays in Honour of Shabtai Rosenne, 1988, Liber Amicorum Guenther Jaenicke – zum 85. Geburtstag, 1998, Liber Amicorum Judge Shigeru Oda, 2002, Liber Amicorum Judge Thomas A. Mensah, 2007, Liber Amicorum Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, 2011; The Regulation of International Shipping: International and Comparative Perspectives, Essays in Honor of Edgar Gold, 2012. 

Honours: Fiftieth Anniversary Distinguished Graduate Award, University of the West Indies, 1998.