The Law of the Sea Institute (LOSI) facilitates the production of in-depth, expert research and commentary on critical marine issues, to help continually strengthen ocean governance.

The Institute is an internationally recognized forum for leading ocean law scholarship and analysis. For over fifty years LOSI has focused on fostering discussion about key issues in international ocean law and policy. Conferences and workshops have resulted in proceedings books, reports, and white papers that memorialize deliberations and propel progress through changing marine paradigms.


In 2015, LOSI hosted a 50th anniversary celebration conference in Berkeley, CA


LOSI was founded in 1965 at the University of Rhode Island, where John Knauss, Lewis Alexander, and William Herrington quickly led it to a position of international prominence. It then moved to the University of Hawaii (1976-1996), where it flourished under the direction of John Craven and Tommy Mensah, and later to the University of Miami (1996-2002), where it was guided by Bernard Oxman.

The Institute moved to UC Berkeley in 2002, where David Caron and Harry Scheiber served as co-directors until David Caron departed UC Berkeley in 2013. From 2013 to 2016, Harry led the Institute and in 2016 the directorship was passed to Holly Doremus and Jordan Diamond.


Research in this field at Berkeley has been supported with assistance from university, foundation, and governmental sponsors, such as the California Sea Grant Program, the UC Marine Council,the Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Ford Foundation.We have received in-kind and financial support through collaboration with other institutions, including the University of Washington and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Norway).

From 2006 to the present, LOSI has also joined with Inha University (Korea) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) to co-sponsor and co-organize a series of international conferences held in Berkeley, Seoul, Honolulu, Hamburg, Istanbul, Wollongong, Madrid, and Singapore.

Thanking Harry Scheiber for His Leadership

scheiber 2-croppedAs of July 2016, after 14 years at the helm, Professor Harry N. Scheiber has decided to step away from his director’s role with the Law of the Sea Institute. While Harry’s leadership at the Institute will be sorely and immediately missed, Berkeley Law is committed to continuing the legacy that he and Professor David D. Caron (formerly of Berkeley Law, now of the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College) created for the Institute here. The Institute’s success and contributions to the field of ocean law while at UC Berkeley have reflected Harry and David’s leadership both in the field and in the classroom. Harry is an internationally recognized expert in ocean resources policy, and has been called to serve as a consultant, advisor, and chair on numerous ocean law and policy commissions, councils, and boards. David has likewise been at the forefront of the development of international law and law of the sea, from his days in the U.S. Coast Guard to his Deanship of the Dickson Poon School of Law. Together, they built upon UC Berkeley’s tradition of studies in ocean law and expanded to new frontiers.

It is difficult to capture all that Harry has contributed to ocean studies at Berkeley Law and to LOSI, as an inspiring and creative thought leader, a generous mentor to law and doctoral students interested in ocean governance, and a facilitator and convener. We are deeply grateful for his tireless efforts. Though he leaves impossible shoes to fill, Professor Holly Doremus and Jordan Diamond are excited to honor and continue LOSI’s legacy of fostering discussion, participation, and robust analysis.

Current Leadership



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Holly Doremus


H. Jordan Diamond
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Emeriti Leadership

DIRECTOR (2013-2016) CO-DIRECTOR (2002-2013)

CO-DIRECTOR (2002-2013)



Prof. Harry Scheiber



Prof. David Caron