International law at sea
law of naval warfare
International criminal law (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity)
international criminal courts and tribunals
Douglas is a world-leading expert on the application of international law of the sea. He has been called upon to tackle piracy off Somalia and in a maritime dispute between the UK and Mauritius and more recently in the context of one of the world’s most intractable geopolitical issues: ownership of the South China Sea.
“International law is not about prohibition. It’s largely a law of cooperation,” Douglas explains.
He has published widely on issues of the law of the sea and international criminal law, in particular on Somali piracy and high seas law enforcement.