Keynote Speakers

Prof Jon Van Dyke

Prof Jon Van Dyke

Jon M. Van Dyke has been Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, since 1976, where he teaches Constitutional Law, International Law, International Ocean Law, and International Human Rights. Previously he taught at the Hastings College of the Law (University of California) in San Francisco (1971- 76) and Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. (1967-69). He has served as an Associate Dean at the University of Hawaii's Law School (1980-82) and as Director of the University's Spark M. Matsunaga Institute of Peace (1988-90). He earned his J.D. degree at Harvard (1967) and his B.A. degree at Yale (1964), both cum laude. He was a law clerk for Roger L. Traynor, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, in 1969-70.

Professor Van Dyke has written or edited eight books and has authored many articles on constitutional law and international law topics. His most recent coauthored book is a casebook entitled International Law and Litigation in the U.S. (West, 2nd ed. 2005). His previous co-authored book was Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea (Martinus Nijhoff/ Kluwer International 1997; paperback edition, University of Hawaii 1999). The one before that, Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century: Ocean Governance and Environmental Harmony (co-edited, Island Press 1993), received the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for excellence in the field of international environmental policy. He has written other books and articles about searches and seizures, the jury system, international human rights, native rights, fisheries issues, ocean boundaries and protection of the marine environment.

He has engaged in important litigation on constitutional rights in the state and federal courts of Hawaii as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Supreme Courts of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau, and the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank. He has served as a consultant for the South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme, the Permanent South Pacific Commission, the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures, the governments of Turkey, Vanuatu, and Nauru, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the City and County of Honolulu, the County Council and Charter Commission of Maui, and the Planning Departments or Commissions of the Counties of Kaua`i, Maui, and Hawaii. He is a member of the editorial boards of Marine Policy and The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, and is on the advisory board of the Center for International Environmental Law and the Law of the Sea Institute. In 1987, he received the University of Hawaii Presidential Citation for Excellence in Teaching; and in 1984, 1993, 1996, and 2002 he was selected as the "Outstanding Professor" at the Law School.


Prof Peter Pearse

Prof Peter PearsePeter Pearse is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Forestry at the University of British Columbia and a specialist in natural resources management and policy. Prof. Pearse has conducted several public enquiries on natural resources in Canada, including Royal Commissions on British Columbia's forest resources and Canada's Pacific fisheries. He has also served as an advisor on natural resource management issues to foreign governments, the World Bank and other international organisations. His most recent investigation dealt with the reorganisation of the Pacific fisheries to accommodate treaty settlements with First Nations.

Prof. Pearse has served as a director of a number of corporations, governmental councils and advisory bodies and environmental organisations. He is now a consultant on natural resource and environmental issues. His publications deal mainly with the management of forests, fisheries, water resources and the natural environment. Among other distinctions, Prof. Pearse has been awarded the Forestry Achievement Award, the Distinguished Forester Award, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada.


Prof Gary Libecap

Prof Gary LibecapGary D. Libecap is Anheuser Busch Professor and Professor of Economics and Law, The University of Arizona; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; President, Western Economics Association, 2005; President, International Society for the Study of the New Institutional Economics, 2005; President, Economic History Association, 2006; Robert Wesson Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2005; Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education, National Science Foundation, 2005-8.

He has been co-editor of the Journal of Economic History; is on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, and is author or co-author of 6 books and over 50 peer reviewed articles on property rights, natural resource use and regulation.


Prof Susan Hanna

Prof Susan HannaSusan Hanna is Professor of Marine Economics at Oregon State University, affiliated with the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and Oregon Sea Grant. Her research and publications are in the areas of the economics of property rights, economic performance of fishery management institutions, institutional evolution and institutional design.

She has served on several U.S. marine science advisory bodies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Science Advisory Panel, the Pacific Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee, the National Research Council Ocean Studies Board and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

Prof Ray Hilborn

Prof Ray Hilborn Ray Hilborn is Richard C. and Lois M. Worthington Professor of Fisheries Management in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He currently serves as an advisor to several international fisheries commissions and agencies as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conservation, fisheries stock assessment and risk analysis. Prof Hilborn authored "Quantitative fisheries stock assessment" with Carl Walters in 1992, and "The Ecological Detective: confronting models with data" with Marc Mangel, in 1997.

Major areas of current and past research interest include: Bayesian analysis of decision making in natural resources, adaptive management of renewable resources, the dynamics of the Serengeti ecosystem in east Africa, the role of hatcheries in management of Pacific salmon, the ability of institutions to learn from experience, statistical methods in testing dynamic ecological hypotheses, the analysis of migration and dispersal from mark-recapture data, and the ecological dynamics of fishing fleets. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.

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