• Rendsburggade 14, 1-421

    9000 Aalborg


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Dr Nelson F. Coelho is postdoc researcher at the Centre for Blue Governance. He obtained his PhD in Public International Law from Utrecht University (Netherlands) under the UNIJURIS research project (NWO/ERC). He did his PhD research as fellow of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), where he conducted academic legal research on port state jurisdiction, interpreting the UNCLOS, IMO treaties (e.g. MARPOL, AFS, BWM, HKC), the MoU on port state control, and national environmental rules and standards applicable to the maritime transport sector. His postdoc project focuses on processes of regionalization and Maritime Spatial Planning, with a specific focus on shipping and port development.

Education/Academic qualification

International Law, Doctor of Laws, Utrecht University

Public Law, Master of Laws, Universidade de Coimbra


  • Law
  • jurisdiction
  • extraterritoriality
  • unilateralism
  • shipping
  • port states
  • foreign policy
  • environmental regulation