Center hosts Judge Budislav Vukas, Vice-President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Judge Vukas

On January 26, 2005, Brandeis University had the honor of hosting Judge Budislav Vukas, vice-president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), for a day of activities on campus. Students and faculty from programs as diverse as environmental studies, legal studies, and sustainable international development had the opportunity to converse with Vukas at length about issues relevant to the important work of the tribunal.

ITLOS is an independent international judicial institution that has been established pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It provides for the outer limits to which coastal States can claim jurisdiction in their adjacent waters and regulates prominent issues such as fisheries and navigation. A whole chapter of the Convention is devoted to the prevention of pollution of the marine environment. The Convention also pronounces the resources of the deep seabed as the common heritage of mankind and sets up the International Seabed Authority to regulate the exploitation of the deep seabed.

Vukas (Croatia) has served as vice president ITLOS since October 2002 and has been a member of ITLOS since October 1996. He is a professor of public international law at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and has lectured at many universities throughout the world. He is the author of numerous books, monographs, articles, and papers in various fields of public international law, in particular law of the sea, international environmental law, international protection of human rights, and national minorities. Vukas has participated in the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) 2003 and 2004.