Professor George Walker moderates ‘Rising Seas, Baselines Issues’ panel discussion at annual ABILA meeting on Nov. 7

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George Walker is one of the school’s most accomplished scholars and public servants. He is the editor or author of over 10 books and monographs, 50 professional journal articles or book chapters and 30 continuing education chapters.

Dean’s Professor of Admiralty and International Law George Walker moderated a panel discussion at the International Law Association (ILA)’s and American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA)’s International Law Weekend 2015 on Nov. 7 at Fordham Law School in New York City. The panel entitled, “Rising Seas, Baselines Issues: The Work of the International Law Association Baselines and Sea Level Rise Committee,” brought together the chair of the ILA Committee on Baselines under the Law of the Sea, the chair of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise, and the co-rapporteur of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise to discuss the current work of these committees and related developments in the law of the sea. Countries represented on the panel were Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to the website.

Professor Walker chair of the ABILA Law of the Sea Committee and a member of the ILA Baselines Committee, which studies and has reported on nation’s claims and practices on baselines, from which seaward boundaries — such as those for the territorial sea; the exclusive economic zone for regulating fishing and similar activities; and the continental shelf, which declares territorial limits for offshore drilling and similar activities — are measured.

Panelists were Ashley Roach, Retired Captain, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and retired attorney-adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; chair, ILA Committee on Baselines; Davor Vidas, Research Professor, Director of the Law of the Sea Programme, The Fridjof Nansen Institute, Norway; chair, ILA International Law and Sea Level Rise Committee; and David Freestone, Visiting Scholar and Professional Lecturer, George Washington University School of Law; co-rapporteur, ILA International Law and Sea Level Rise Committee.

ILW is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) – which welcomes new members from academia, the practicing bar and the diplomatic world – and the International Law Students Association (ILSA). This annual conference attracts an audience of more than 800 academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors and foreign policy and law students.

Professor Walker is one of Wake Forest Law’s most accomplished scholars and public servants. He is the editor or author of more than 10 books and monographs, 50 professional journal articles or book chapters and 30 continuing education chapters. He has also played a key role in international, national and state legislative and rule drafting projects.