Big Ocean States: Reclaiming Sovereignty through Maritime Borders

In this blogpost, Milla Vaha provides an analysis of state sovereignty and maritime borders with a focus on the large ocean states of the Pacific, that are “powerfully exercising their right to self-determination” through a reinterpretation of international law and statehood in the age of climate change and sea-level rise. Read More …

Water, Oceans and Climate Change: Legal challenges, local perspectives and important examples to learn from

Dr Joanna Siekiera was recently invited to speak at a Special Lecture on Climate Change and its Impact on Small Island Developing States: The Example of the Pacific at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by Professor David Attard, Director of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. Here is what she had to say.     Read More …

Restorying Ma’ohi Nui with Island Lives, Ocean States

Vehia Wheeler introduces the Ma’ohi Nui project, a collaboration with the Island Lives, Ocean States project aiming to uplift voices, knowledge and perspectives on the ocean among indigenous populations in Mā‘ohi Nui (French Polynesia). Vehia is co-founder of Sustainable Oceania Solutions and was elected Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader for Tahiti in 2020. The OceanStates project Read More …

Tropical cyclones and ocean heat energy in the Southwest Pacific

PhD candidate Ashneel Chandra offers a brief outline of his recently published paper, co-authored with his Master’s degree advisor at The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Sushil Kumar, on their study of tropical cyclones TC Pam (Vanuatu 2015) and TC Winston (Fiji 2016).   In a new paper published in the American Meteorological Read More …

Navigating UN docs – the making of the OceanStates Document Collection

Anja Marie Solheim compiled the OceanStates project’s online UN Documents and IPCC reports collections (have a look!). In this blogpost she shares her own experiences with navigating UN websites and systems as an intern at the United Nations in New York, and how this – in our opinion – made her such a valuable resource Read More …

OceanStates reassembles at Solstrand seminar

OceanStates is back in session after the summer here in Bergen, and to set the rhythm for the autumn months, the group gathered for a two-day intensive seminar at Solstrand hotel in the municipality of Os, to discuss their progress and plans moving forward.     The Postdoctoral fellows and their supervisors each presented the Read More …

Research in the time of Corona: A brief update from the OceanStates team in Bergen

A brief update on what members of the OceanStates team have been up to in the past weeks, while offices and borders have been closed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.     Since mid-March, the University of Bergen has been closed to most employees and students to ensure social distancing during the worst Read More …