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Annual McDougall Lecture to address sustainable shipbreaking

WVU Law 2020 McDougall Visiting Professor Saiful Karim

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— An international expert on marine environmental law will deliver this year’s McDougall Lecture West Virginia University College of Law

Saiful Karim will discuss “ The Global Waste Trade: A Requiem for Environmental Justice” at noon on March 10 in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at WVU Law. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Karim is a law professor and the leader of the Ocean Governance Research Group at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently the Archibald McDougall Visiting Professor in International Law at WVU Law, teaching a course on climate change.

For his McDougall Lecture, Karim will discuss the need for an international legal framework to create a sustainable shipbreaking industry. Shipbreaking, the dismantling of obsolete ships, is harmful to the ocean, the coastal environment and local communities. It is prominent in nations such as Bangladesh, China, India, Turkey and Pakistan.

Karim is the author of “Shipbreaking in Developing Countries: A Requiem for Environmental Justice from the Perspective of Bangladesh” (Routledge, 2018). He is also a lead author for two major United Nations reports on climate change, the oceans, biodiversity and ecosystems. In 2018, Karim received the Scholarship Award from the Academy of Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

The Archibald McDougall Visiting Professorship allows experienced faculty and practitioners with an international law focus to teach at WVU Law for up to five weeks. The position was established in 1984 with a gift from the estate of Archibald McDougall, a prominent 20th century international lawyer.



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