David M. Ong is Professor of International & Environmental Law at Liverpool John Moores University. Originally from Malaysia, David is now settled in the UK for more than thirty years. David is a recognised international authority in his fields of international law research, notably the Law of the Sea, with an international profile consisting of publications in the highest-ranked academic law journals in these fields, notably, the American Journal of International Law & European Journal of International Law; and receives regular invitations to speak & give presentations at international fora across the world. He is a member of academic/professional law bodies, such as the Society for Legal Scholars (SLS) and the International Law Association (ILA), where he is currently the Environment section rapporteur to the Study Group on 'Asian State Practice in the Domestic Implementation of International Law', having previously been the rapporteur to the ILA Committee on Outer Continental Shelf Issues (2000-2008). He has also been associated with the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL) based in London, and the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta.