Joanna Mossop


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

International fisheries law, International Environmental law, International law of the sea and antarctica


BA LLB(Hons) Well, LLM Col


Joanna’s research interests lie in public international law, particularly the law of the sea. Joanna joined the law faculty from Columbia Law School, where she obtained her LLM in international law and taught courses in legal research and writing and appellate advocacy. She has practiced law at the Crown Law Office and at Buddle Findlay.

Joanna has been active in the Australia New Zealand Society of International Law including as a member of the ANZSIL Council and New Zealand Vice President. She is on the advisory board of several journals and has participated in a variety of international governmental and track two meetings on law of the sea including maritime security and governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Joanna’s book, The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Rights and Responsibilities, was the joint winner of the JF Northey Memorial Book Award, presented by the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation for the best book by a New Zealand-based author published in 2016.

Joanna is currently the Director of Postgraduate Studies at VUW, with primary responsibility for the LLM programme.

Areas of supervision 

  • Antarctica
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law of the Sea

Current research

Joanna’s research interests include dispute settlement in law of the sea matters, regulation of the continental shelf beyond 200 nm, protection of marine biodiversity, marine resource management and oceans governance.

Selection of publications

The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Rights and Responsibilities (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016) 278 pp.

"Marine Bioprospecting" in Donald R Rothwell, Alex G Oude Elferink, Karen N Scott and Tim Stephens (eds) The Oxford Handbook of The Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, New York, 2015) pp 825-842.

"Reconciling Activities on the Extended Continental Shelf with Protection of the Marine Environment"  in Rosemary Rayfuse (ed) Research Handbook on Marine Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2015).

"Beyond Delimitation: Interaction between the Outer Continental Shelf and High Seas Regimes" in Clive Schofield, Seokwoo Lee and Moon-Sang Kwon (eds) The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2014) pp 753-768 SSRN.

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Teaching in 2018