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Adjunct Professor

I am passionate about:   

I am passionate about applying law, science, technology and economics to find a new balance in how we manage the global ocean commons.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: 

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is the opportunity to teach the next generation of ocean leaders based on my twenty+ years experience as a lawyer and an ocean advocate. I am attracted by the inter-disciplinary nature of the programs and the international outlook of the faculty and student body.

Areas of Interest

  • International marine environmental law and policy
  • Law of the sea
  • High seas governance 

Marine science and policy, ecosystem-based management; marine protected areas; sustainable fisheries management; shipping; ocean geo-engineering; environmental impact assessments; marine migratory species conservation.


Academic Degrees

New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1984

University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts in History (summa cum laude), 1981


Gjerde, K.M. “The Environmental Provisions of the UN Law of the Sea Convention for the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction” (2012) the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, special theme issue for the 30th anniversary of the Law of the Sea Convention.

Hastings J., et al. (2012). “Safeguarding the blue planet: Six strategies for accelerating ocean protection” 18 Parks Magazine 1-13.

Gjerde K. M. and Rulska-Domino A., (2012). “Marine Protected Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Some Practical Perspectives for Moving Ahead”, 27 International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, 351-273. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com.

Gjerde, K.M., (2011). High Seas Fisheries Governance: Prospects and Challenges, in The World Ocean in Globalisation: Challenges and Responses, (Vidas, D. and Schei, P.J. eds.) Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp. 221-232