Richard Collins


Richard Collins is Lecturer in International Law, University College Dublin (UCD). His teaching and research covers both public international law (general and theoretical, international organisations, and the the law of the sea) and legal theory/philosophy of law. Prior to joining UCD, Richard was a lecturer at the University of Sheffield (2009-2014). He has held visiting research positions at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki (2008), the Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam (2013), and most recently at Osgoode Hall Law School (York, Toronto), the Sydney Centre for International Law, Monash University, Melbourne, and iCourts, University of Copenhagen (all 2018).

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Sovereignty has “Rock-all” to do with it… or has it? What’s at stake in the recent diplomatic spat between Scotland and Ireland?

Rockall, the tiny, remote, rocky outcrop in the northeast Atlantic – a ghostly peak of an extinct volcano – has periodically appeared in the news at the centre of a longstanding dispute between the UK and Ireland (as well as, more peripherally, Denmark (Faroe Islands) and Iceland too). This dispute has rarely flared up publicly over recent years,…

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Delineating the Exclusivity of Flag State Jurisdiction on the High Seas: ITLOS issues its ruling in the M/V “Norstar” Case

On 10 April 2019, the International Tribunal of the Sea (ITLOS) gave its judgment in the long-awaited – though somewhat quietly received – M/V “Norstar” (Panama v Italy) case. The Tribunal ruled (by 15 votes to 7) that by arresting and detaining the Panamanian-flagged vessel, the M/V “Norstar”, Italy had violated Article 87(1) of the…

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