Frank Maes

Frank Maes studied Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Ghent (1984), Shipping Law at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA 1986) and obtained degree of Doctor in Law at the University of Ghent (1996) with a PhD on “Protection of the North Sea against pollution caused by shipping. International rights and duties of states, with particular attention to European state practice”.

He is professor of public international law at the Faculty of Law of Ghent University, lecturing, inter alia, on international and European environmental law and diplomatic law and multilateral negotiations. He was guest lecturer  at various universities, such as University of Nairobi, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Santa Clara (US), University of Santa Barbara (US), the University of Wuhan (China) (2007, 2009, 2012) and Tsinghua University (China) (2011).

He is Research Director of the Maritime Institute of Ghent University. He supervises a number of PhD students and his research is focussed on international and European environmental law, in particular climate change law, fresh water law and protection of oceans and seas. Other research interests are maritime spatial planning and local ecological fisheries knowledge.

Main publications (books, articles) are in the field of marine environmental law and policy. He is former president of the Flemish Association for the United Nations, member of Committees of the International Law Association (Sustainable Development; Space Law) and Member of the Specialized Panels Established Pursuant to the Permanent Court of Arbitration Optional Rules for Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Natural Resources and/or the Environment.

He negotiated the compliance regime under the Kyoto Protocol on behalf of Belgium during its EU-presidency in 2001 (Bonn & Marrakech).