On May 6th, 2006, Douglas M. Johnston,
a long serving Governor with The Maritime Awards Society of Canada, passed away after
fighting a brave battle with cancer. He was 75.
Professor Johnston, Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, was
the founding Director of Dalhousie's Marine Environment Law Programme (MELP), co-founder
of Dalhousie's Oceans Studies Programme (DOSP) and a co-founder of the Southeast Asian
Programme in Ocean Law, Policy and Management (SEAPOL).
Professor Johnston was formerly North American governor of the
International Council on Environmental Law and a member of the Board of the Law of the Sea
He is author or editor of numerous works in the field of international law
and policy, with special emphasis on fisheries, marine pollution, ocean boundary-making
and treaty-making including the recent MASC publication "Revisiting the Law of the
Sea." He has held the Chair in Asia-Pacific Legal Relations at the University of
Victoria and was the Director of the Policy Research Programme at the National University
of Singapore. He continues as Programme Director of SEAPOL. Professor Johnston committed a
5 year $ 5,000 annual scholarship to Dalhousie University to assist graduate students
pursuing marine-related research.
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