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International Boundaries Research Unit


Phil Steinberg

Professor Philip E Steinberg


Phil Steinberg joined IBRU in September 2013 as Director. He has written extensively on the history of the law of the sea and its development in the context of regional and global uses and perceptions of maritime space. Phil has published widely on this topic and in related areas of communications law and Polar politics, with research being funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the International Council for Canadian Studies. He has authored six books and over fifty journal publications and book chapters, including “Steering Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Northwest Passage as Territorial Sea” (Ocean Development and International Law 45(1)); Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North (I.B. Tauris), and “Maintaining Hegemony at a Distance: Ambivalence in U.S. Arctic Policy” (in Polar Geopolitics, Edward Elgar). Prior to his position at Durham, Phil obtained a PhD in Geography from Clark University and taught for sixteen years at Florida State University.

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Martin Pratt

Professor Martin Pratt

Consultancy Director

Martin Pratt's research interests include work on boundary-making and dispute resolution, border management, and maritime boundary delimitation. He has edited Jane's Exclusive Economic Zones and has published on a wide range of boundary-related matters.

He is the main point of contact for IBRU consultancy services.

Recent publications include:
How to Deal with Maritime Boundary Uncertainty in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Areas, Association of International Petroleum Negotiatiors Research Papers: 2007 (with D.W. Smith)
A terminal crisis? Examining the breakdown of the Eritrea-Ethiopia boundary dispute resolution process, Conflict Management and Peace Science 23(4): 2006.
The role of the technical expert in maritime delimitation cases, R. Lagoni & D. Vignes (eds) Maritime Delimitation: Proceedings of the 2004 Symposium of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff: 2006.

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Liz Kennedy

Liz Kennedy

External Relations & Marketing Manager

Liz coordinates IBRU's international activities, including conferences and training workshops. She is the main point of contact for visitors and new business enquiries and is responsible for all IBRU comunications and website activities

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Jane Hogg

Jane Hogg


Jane Hogg is IBRU's office administrator and the main point of contact for financial and publications enquiries.

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Steering Comittee

IBRU's Steering committee consists of:

Louise Amoore (Geography)

Jennifer Bagelman (Geography)

Gavin Bridge (Geography)

Henry Jones (Law)

Aoife O'Donoghue (Law)