David Ong

David Ong

Professor of International and Environmental Law

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Nottingham Law School staff

Role

David's main role at NLS is to be a leader in research and teaching in the fields of Public International Law and Environmental Law, focussing on the new LLM degree scheme in Oil, Gas and Mining Law, as well as PhD supervision in all these fields.

He is also aiming to support the work of the Centre for Rights and Justice, and the Centre for Legal Education at NLS through his research, as well as assisting junior NLS staff members establishing and enhancing their individual research profiles.

An inaugural lecture by Professor David Ong- 'Regulating Environmental Responsibility for the Transnational Hydrocarbon Industry: Continuing Challenges for International Law'

On the 19 February 2014, Professor David Ong presented an inaugural lecture. The lecture traced the legal relationships between States and the private hydrocarbon industry with a view to assessing the capacity for public international law to address these social and environmental harms.

View David's inaugural lecture

Career overview

Prior to joining Nottingham Law School, David was a Lecturer (1995-2000), Senior Lecturer (2000-2002) and Reader (2002-2012) at the University of Essex Law School for 17 years. Before that he lectured at the University of Hull Law School for three years (1992-1995) where he received both his academic degrees: an LLB (Hons) and an LLM in International Law (with Distinction).

Research areas

David's main research interests are in the International Law of the Sea, particularly on offshore joint development, published in American Journal of International Law (1999); 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), and Netherlands International Law Review (2011); as well as several edited volumes of essays, three of which David also co-edited.

His first two co-edited books are as follows:

  • David Ong, with Malgosia Fitzmaurice & Panos Merkouris (eds.) Research Handbook on International Environmental Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (October, 2010)
  • David Ong, with David Freestone & Richard Barnes (eds.) The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2006)

More recently, alongside Professor Sheldon Leader, David 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, which he co-edited with Sheldon Leader, having also contributed two papers.

External activity

Apart from his research and teaching experience in the Public International Law (including WTO and International Investment Law) and Environmental Law (including European Environmental Law) fields, David has participated in several legal consultancies, beginning with an international legal consultancy for the UN preparing the Survey of Existing International Agreements and Instruments: Marine Environment and Marine Pollution, Research Paper No. 27, for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Secretariat, January 1992, for the UNCED 'Earth Summit', in Rio de Janeiro, June 1992, 135 pp. (With D.A.C. Freestone, A.E. Boyle, and K. Kummer. (October 1991-January, 1992) More recently, 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.

David has also participated in several professional training courses. Along with colleagues from the Essex Business and 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.

More recently, again alongside colleagues from the Essex Business and 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.

Publications

  • 'Transnational Investment Law and Environmental Protection: Russian State Intervention in the Sakhalin II Project - The Empire Strikes Back?', Netherlands International Law Review, Vol. LVIII, Issue 1 (2011) 1-42;
  • 'Procedural International Environmental Justice? The Evolution of Procedural Means for 'Natural' Environmental Protection: From Inter-State Obligation to Individual-State Rights', in French (ed.) Global Justice and Sustainable Development, Martinus Nijhoff (October, 2010) 137-166.
  • 'From 'International' to 'Transnational' Environmental Law? A Legal Assessment of the Contribution of the 'Equator Principles' to International Environmental Law', Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol.79, Issue 1 (2010) 35-74.
  • 'International Environmental Law's 'Customary' Dilemma: Betwixt General Principles and Treaty Rules', Irish Yearbook of International Law, Vol.1 (Inaugural Vol.) 2006, Oxford: Hart (2008) 3-60.
  • 'The Contribution of State-MNC 'Transnational' Investment Agreements to International Environmental Law', Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol.17, 2006, Oxford: OUP (2008) 168-212.
  • 'Locating the 'Environment' within Corporate Social Responsibility: Continuing Problems of Legal Definition and Representation', in Nina Boeger, Rachel Murray, and Charlotte Villiers (eds.) Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility: Perspectives from Law and Regulatory Theory, Edward Elgar (2008) 186-223.
  • 'Towards an International Law for the Conservation of Hydrocarbon Resources within the Continental Shelf?', in David Freestone, Richard Barnes and David Ong (eds.) The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2006) 93-119.
  • 'The Impact of Environmental Law on Corporate Governance: International and Comparative Perspectives', European Journal of International Law (EJIL), Vol.12, No.4 (September, 2001) 685-726.
  • 'The Legal Status of the 1989 Australia-Indonesia Timor Gap Treaty Following the End of Indonesian Rule in East Timor', Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (NYbIL) 2000, Vol.31 (December, 2001) 67-129.
  • 'Joint Development of International Common Offshore Oil and Gas Deposits: 'Mere' State Practice or Customary International Law?', American Journal of International Law (AJIL), Vol.93, No.4 (October, 1999) 771-804.
  • 'The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES, 1973): Implications of Recent Developments in International and European Environmental Law', Journal of Environmental Law (OUP) Vol.10, No.2 (1998) 291- 314.
  • 'Joint Exploitation Areas', entry in Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law (MEPIL), Vol.VI, chief ed., Rudiger Wolfrum, Oxford: OUP (2011) 463-470.
  • 'International Law for Environmental Protection', in Basak Cali (ed.) International Law for International Relations, Oxford: OUP (2009) 306-329.
  • 'Law of the Sea: An Overview', in the Encyclopedia of Maritime History, Vol.2, pp.343-9, gen. ed. John Hattendorf, OUP (USA) (2007)
  • ‘Regulating Environmental Responsibility for the Multinational Oil Industry: Continuing Challenges for International Law’, International Journal of Law in Context, Vol.11 (2) (2015) 153-173.

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Press expertise

David M. Ong is currently Professor of International and Environmental Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (formerly, Reader at the University of Essex Law School, UK) where he researches and teaches International Law, including WTO Law, and Environmental Law, including European Environmental Law.

His main research interests are in the International Law of the Sea, particularly on offshore joint development, published in American Journal of International Law (1999) and International Environmental Law, published in European Journal of International Law (2001) & Irish Yearbook of International Law, 2006 (2008) as well as numerous invited papers in edited volumes of essays, three of which he has co-edited. He has also conducted professional consultancies and training in these fields.