International Centre for Ocean Governance
The waters of the oceans cover 72 per cent of the Earth. As well as being important sources of life, energy and food, oceans play a vital role in commerce and recreation. ICOG is dedicated to fostering a better understanding of the governance and management of world's oceans

About ICOG

ICOG conducts interdisciplinary research into ocean governance, applicable to international, regional and national regimes

Integrated and sustainable ocean governance through coastal zone management, marine spatial planning, climate change, sea level rise and climate adaption, with a focus on regional marine ecosystems in developing countries are focal areas of ICOG's research.

Oceans across the globe are currently under threat as never before. Human populations and activities have put the oceans at risk of irreversible damage through unsustainable development in coastal areas, resource extraction, overfishing, ocean acidification, loss of marine biodiversity, increased pollution, habitat depletion, increased maritime piracy, the effects of climate change and political conflicts.

ICOG Objectives

  • to develop joint research opportunities, supervision and funding for doctoral and postdoctoral students, for student and staff exchange, and for capacity building in ocean governance
  • to develop excellence in interdisciplinary research, advancing legal and policy frameworks for innovative and sustainable ocean governance that can be applied at international, regional and national levels
  • to build capacity of the governments of the Bay of Bengal region to transfer research and knowledge to their citizens on sustainable usage of the ocean and its resources, and to create partnerships between individual, governmental and non-governmental organisations to develop integrated ocean governance
  • to assist governments in the Bay of Bengal region to introduce improved planning and management strategies for sustainable ocean governance, including transboundary cooperation among littoral states of the Bay and the protection of the marine and coastal environments.
  • to promote innovative collaborative opportunities in marine resource management
  • to research and develop opportunities for sustainable human and economic development and food security through integrated ocean governance
  • to research and build capacity for innovative ocean governance that addresses the effects of climate change
  • to construct and provide professional and tailor-made short training courses for judges and lawyers on contemporary legal, judicial and policy issues
  • to achieve excellence in publications on issues related to ocean governance.

Collaborations and Partnerships

ICOG has research base with active research groups in a number of universities in Asia (particularly in the Bay of Bengal region and Australia) and Europe; research performance; cooperative research network and international links; joint publication with other scholars and collaborative grant applications on sustainable ocean governance to international and regional funding bodies.

Current Collaborations

  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • University of Trier, Germany
  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • University of Lapland, Finland
  • Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
  • University of Dhaka (DU), Bangladesh
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU), Bangladesh.

Research & Consultancy at ICOG

Our Research: Thematic Areas

  • Blue Economy
  • Integrated ecosystem-based ocean governance (including legal and policy aspects)
  • Marine spatial planning (MSP)
  • Sustainable management of freshwater wetland and coastal environments
  • Understanding of the relationships among plant communities, animal communities and the coastal environment
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies
  • Marine Environment and pollution control
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Marine fisheries management and the Marine Economy
  • Maritime safety and security
  • Maritime Limits and Delimitation
  • Maritime piracy
  • Admiralty court system
  • Settlement of maritime disputes
  • Renewable energy

Consultancy and Advisory Services

ICOG provides advice and assistance to governments and NGO's. ICOG staff has expertise in a wide range of maritime affairs. These include: marine maritime safety and security, fisheries governance, food security, protection and preservation of the marine environment, marine scientific research, marine spatial planning, maritime delimitation, conservation of marine biodiversity, settlement of maritime disputes, navigational issues, admiralty law and maritime crime prevention.

ICOG has developed working relationships with several national and international agencies throughout the world.

For further information on our expertise and experience please contact Associate Professor Daud Hassan at or Professor Donna Craig at

Courses and Degrees offered by ICOG

Tailor-Made Short Courses

ICOG offers different interdisciplinary programmes of study ranging from short training to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in ocean governance as well as in contemporary legal and policy issues.

In addition to ocean governance issues, ICOG offers tailor-made courses for developing resources capacity of the judges, lawyers and other legal professionals on contemporary legal, judicial and policy issues with particular focus on e-judiciary, digital court administration and case management, e-evidencing, restorative justice, trans-boundary offences, offshore offences, anti-terrorism act, money laundering, cyber-crime, environmental justice, juvenile justice, maritime and admiralty law, alternative dispute resolution, and Judicial ethics, morality and accountability. ICOG arranges courses for both large and small groups which are designed on demand and in consultation with potential local and overseas governmental and organisational partners. ICOG is well connected nationally and globally. We invite well renowned judges and internationally recognised experts/professionals to take part in our programme activities.

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Coursework Degrees

ICOG, in affiliation with the School of Law, offers Masters programmes on various legal and policy aspects Master of Laws (International Governance). It also offers interdisciplinary Masters programmes in collaboration with other schools of the university Master of Social Science (International Criminology). These programmes are designed for judges, administrators, policy makers, enforcement personnel and other professionals.

ICOG also offers a specially designed Masters programmes named Master of Ocean Governance (MOG*). This programme aims to gain better understanding of ocean governance, and a deeper knowledge of marine environmental justice, maritime security and the 'Blue economy' and their wider applications.

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Research Degrees

ICOG offers two research degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

If you are interested in undertaking Higher Degree Research (HDR) studies, please complete the following steps to make an application:

1. Send an expression of interest (including a CV) to A/Prof Daud Hassan or Professor Donna Craig. If your application is suitable, we will contact you and you may move on to the next step.

2. Find a supervisor based on their areas of research interest and expertise. You are strongly encouraged discuss your research interests with your proposed supervisor.

Contact ICOG

Building EJc
School of Law
Parramatta Campus
Western Sydney University
Parramatta, NSW 2151, Australia.

Postal Address
ICOG, School of Law, Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751