The Center for Oceans Law and Policy supports research, education, and discussion on legal and public policy issues relating to the oceans. Through a regular program of conferences, publications, and lectures, the Center promotes interdisciplinary interaction at all levels, addressing international, national, regional, and state issues. The Center also provides archives of oceans documents for the library of the University of Virginia School of Law. The Center sponsors or co-sponsors an Annual Conference of oceans experts and scholars on a contemporary topic of international concern; a summer academy in Rhodes, Greece; visiting scholars; the annual Doherty Lecture in Washington, DC; and occasional Oceans Forums.
Teaching is an integral part of the Center's mission. Director John Norton Moore (Walter L. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law) and Associate Director Myron H. Nordquist (former Stockton Chair of International Law at the Naval War College) bring distinguished teaching experience and ability to the Center. Professor Moore regularly teaches his course on Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Moore also teaches courses on international law, national security law, the rule of law, and several seminars on issues relating to war and peace. Both Professors Moore and Nordquist frequently teach at the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law. Professor Nordquist maintains a busy schedule, including teaching during 2014 at the Korea Maritime Institute's Yeosu Law of the Sea Academy, and training officials from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry on maritime delimitation (Bali).