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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Update: Fisheries Law Non-Profit / LL.M. Alum Adam Soliman
Adam Soliman, Director and Founder of the Fisheries Law Centre
Earlier this year, LL.M. alumnus Adam Soliman (‘13)
graduated from the LL.M. Program and promptly founded the Fisheries Law Centre
(FLC), a non-profit research center based out of Vancouver, Canada. You can find our earlier blog announcing Adam's formation of FLC here. We want to update
readers on the impressive progress that Adam has made with FLC in the last six
Since May, FLC has grown to include a staff attorney,
research fellows, and research assistants from all over the world. Over the summer, Adam published FLC’s first issue of the Fisheries Law Update, a quarterly publication
highlighting recent developments in fisheries and seafood regulations. In a collaboration between current and past
LL.M. students, LL.M. candidate Lauren Bernadett (‘14) contributed two articles
to the fall issue of the Update.
Lauren also teamed with other FLC contributors to develop
and write a legal guide to community supported fisheries in Canada. The guide will help fishermen and NGOs better
understand the benefits and necessary considerations of starting a community
supported fishery, a business model that is growing in popularity.
FLC is developing a unique, international model for a summer
internship program. The interns will
complete a training program on jurisdiction-specific fisheries law hosted by
FLC or a partner university. Adam is
currently discussing an educational partnership agreement for the internship
program with two international universities.
After completing the fisheries law training, the intern will be placed
with a host NGO that partners with FLC to work on fisheries law projects. FLC hopes to be able to completely fund this
program in the future.
Adam with professors at Dalian Maritime University in China
Adam has been extremely busy on behalf of FLC. He recently lectured at the University of
British Columbia on environmental stewardship and at the University of Hong
Kong on seafood fraud. At the World
Seafood Congress in Newfoundland, he presented on the U.N.’s Food and
Agricultural Organization’s voluntary guidelines to sustainable, small-scale
fisheries and the gap in access to justice for these fisheries. He also presented on seafood fraud at the
Food and Drug Law Institute’s annual conference in Beijing and on fisheries
stewardship and access to justice at the BFAR-NFRDI Conference in Manila.
Adam will be equally busy in the future. He will be presenting at a conference in
Hyderabad, at a special session of the Coastal Zones Canada Conference, and at
a food law session of the International Food Safety Conference in Hong
Kong. Between these presentations, developing the summer intern program, and FLC's other activities, we are sure that Adam will continue to
develop FLC into an impressive new organization.
Congratulations on your accomplishments to date, Adam, and
keep up the good work!