• Rendsburggade 14, 1-421

    9000 Aalborg



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Research profile

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 in Maritime Spatial Planning, with a specific focus on shipping and port development.

Education/Academic qualification

International Law, Doctor of Laws, Utrecht University

Award Date: 12 Feb 2019

Public Law, Master of Laws, Universidade de Coimbra

Award Date: 17 Jan 2013

International Relations, Postgraduate Diploma, Centro de Estudos Sociais (Centre for Social Studies), Coimbra, Portugal

Sep 2012Jul 2013

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Research Output

  • 2 Net publication - Internet publication
  • 1 Report
  • 1 Doctoral thesis
  • 1 Conference article in Journal
Open Access
  • Remarks on the European Parliament’s proposal to ban Heavy Fuel Oils in the Arctic

    Coelho, N. F., 28 Apr 2017

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Extraterritoriality from the Port: EU’s approach to jurisdiction over ship-source pollution

    Coelho, N. F., 2015, In : Spanish Yearbook of International Law. p. 269-284

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article in JournalResearchpeer-review

  • Owada and the whale: Dissenting on the burden of proof before the ICJ

    Coelho, N. F., 4 May 2015

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

    Open Access


    • 2 Conference organisation or participation
    • 2 Conference presentations
    • 1 Guest lecturers

    The extension of the Brazilian continental shelf

    Nelson F. Coelho (Panel member)

    6 Aug 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Achieving target SDG 14c: The role of the International Maritime Organisation in port-state treaty implementation

    Nelson F. Coelho (Panel member)

    10 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    The legal regime of international commercial navigation

    Nelson F. Coelho (Lecturer)

    17 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lecturers

    Maritime Spatial Planning Forum: Global Meets Regional

    Nelson F. Coelho (Participant)

    19 Nov 201921 Nov 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    People & the Sea Conference

    Nelson F. Coelho (Participant)

    24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation