Chris Trelawny Returns to WMU as IMO Visiting Lecturer
Through cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Chris Trelawny, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security and Facilitation at IMO, returned to WMU for a second year to contribute to the elective course, Maritime Security Issues in International Law.
From 7-9 September, Mr Trelawny instructed the eighteen students from sixteen different countries who participated in the course that examines the implementation of maritime security in different contexts by comparing traditional law enforcement approaches under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) with other multilateral, regional, bilateral or unilateral implementation strategies permitted under international law. Specifically, Mr Trelawny provided the insight of IMO on the themes of regional piracy codes of conduct, arms on board, other security threats, and IMO guidance for security matters. The course is coordinated by WMU Associate Professor, Dr Aref Fakhry. In addition to Mr Trelawny, lectures for the course were delivered by WMU Assistant Professor, Dr Dimitrios Dalaklis, and Research Expert, Dr Khanssa Lagdami.
Mr Trelawny joined IMO in 2003 and is currently the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Maritime Security and Facilitation. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Maritime Safety Division in charge of the Sub-Division for Maritime Security and Facilitation. In his current role, he is responsible for advising and liaising with IMO Member Governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations on the facilitation of global maritime transport, maritime security, piracy and related issues, including the smuggling of migrants by sea. His recent projects have included the development of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency projects aimed at finding regional solutions for piracy and maritime security challenges. These include the development of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (signed by 20 countries) aimed at addressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Gulf of Aden and western Indian Ocean and a similar agreement tor West and Central Africa, adopted by 25 countries in June 2013. Mr Trelawny has also worked closely with navies on issues relating to maritime security operations, counter proliferation and civil/military cooperation; and with other agencies on issues such as security of the supply chain.