David M. Ong is Research Professor of International and Environmental Law at the Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, UK and Visiting Fellow at the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN Agency. IMLI is based in Valletta, Malta. His main research interests are in the International Law of the Sea, particularly on offshore joint development, published in the American Journal of International Law (1999) and Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, 2000 (2001); and International Environmental Law, published in European Journal of International Law (2001), Irish Yearbook of International Law, 2006 (2008), Yearbook of International Environmental Law, 2006 (2008), Nordic Journal of International Law (2010), Netherlands International Law Review (2011), and most recently in the International Journal of Law in Context (2015) & International Journal of Minority & Group Rights (2015), as well as many edited volumes of essays, three of which he has co-edited.
Along with Professor Sheldon Leader, he was part of a UK research council (ESRC) funded project on the legal implications of project-financed infrastructure projects for human rights and environmental protection. The research papers from this project were published in September, 2011 by Cambridge University Press, in a volume entitled: Global Project Finance, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development, co-edited with Sheldon Leader and also contributing two papers to this volume. He has also served as a consultant on offshore joint development issues to the Guyana legal team in the Guyana-Suriname maritime boundary delimitation arbitration (2007); and as a technical resource expert on Joint Development at the Second United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South-South High Level Meeting on Oil and Gas Producing Developing Countries held in Nairobi, Kenya, 12-15 October, 2009.
Along with colleagues from the Essex Business & Human Rights project, he participated in a training event on the ‘Human Rights and Environmental Protection Implications of the new Kosovo Expropriation Law’ for Kosovo government officials organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) Mission for Kosovo in Pristina, in July, 2009 (alongside Professor Sheldon Leader of the Essex University Law School). The success of the above event resulted in a second invitation to conduct a training event addressing similar implications for the Kosovo Privatization Agency and associated Laws in November, 2009. A third invitation to contribute to a joint OSCE and Essex Human Rights Centre conference on the Social and Environmental Impacts of Investment in Kosovo as well as undertake a research project based on the above topic took place in early July, 2010.
Again with colleagues from the Essex Business & Human Rights Project, he was invited by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to deliver a training workshop for the Ugandan Parliament in advance of their scrutiny of two government-sponsored Bills for the regulation of the petroleum industry, in Kampala, 10-12 January, 2012. His focus within these integrated training sessions was on the implications of these Bills for environmental protection (including liability for environmental damage) from petroleum upstream and midstream activities.
As Visiting Fellow at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), Professor David Ong has delivered lectures on ‘Implications of Continental Shelf Entitlement, Delimitation & Joint Development Beyond 200nm’ at IMLI in Malta, in April 2015 & ‘Freedom of Navigation, Natural Resource Development and Environmental Protection in the Hybrid Jurisdictional Regime of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200nm’, in April, 2016. He also gave a paper on ‘The Implications of the Chagos Arbitration Award on the South China Sea Disputes’ at a conference on the Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue, organised by Greenwich University, London and a paper on the ‘Continental Shelf Beyond 200 nautical miles and Its Superjacent Waters: A Hybrid Legal Regime Within and Beyond National Jurisdiction’, at an International Symposium on “Global Commons and the Law of the Sea”, at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, both of these in June, 2015.