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Sri Lanka: Indian Govt. should also take action to prevent illegal fishing August 11,2017   |  Source: Daily Mirror

Prof. Alfred H.A. Soons is an Emeritus Professor of Public International Law at the Utrecht University. He is an expert in the Law of the Sea. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Body of Experts on the Law of the Sea of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/ABE-LOS) of the UNESCO. He also serves as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Netherlands Defence Academy and is an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Curaçao. Soons has been involved in international litigation at the International Court of Justice and arbitral tribunals. He has served as chairman of two ICC arbitral tribunals, and was a member of the Arbitral Tribunals in the Iron Rhine Railroad (Belgium/Netherlands) and the South China Sea disputes (Philippines v. China).

In his recent visit to Sri Lanka- at the request of the Moragoda International Law Trust- to deliver a series of lectures on the ‘Law of the Sea’, he sat with the Daily Mirror to share his expertise on illegal fishing by Indian fishermen, traditional fishing rights, piracy, sea level rising and other concerns.

Excerpts of the interview:

Q: In this day and age what are some of the intricate issues that have arisen in the area of the Law of the Sea?

Fishing, in particular,

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