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Dr Vishal Surbun – UKZN School of Law
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School of Law

Dr Vishal Surbun

Lecturer
Telephone: +27 31 260 3599
Email surbun@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Howard College
Building & Room: HC Building – Suite H, 1st Floor

Biography:

Dr Vishal Surbun is a lecturer in the fields of Environmental Law, Corporate Law and Maritime Law at the School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Natal and a Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Surbun is an admitted Attorney and Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa. In 2014, he won the prize for the best presentation at College of Law and Management Studies Research Day and also won the 2015 “three-minute thesis” competition held by the College of Law and Management Studies. His research interests are in maritime law and its associated disciplines of the law of the sea, marine law, maritime security and safety.

Academic Qualifications:

  • LLB (Natal)
  • LLM (Maritime Law) (UKZN)
  • PhD (UKZN)

Professional Qualifications and Menberships:

  • Duly admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Duly admitted Notary Public of the High Court of South Africa
  • Granted right of appearance in the High Court
  • Member of the Society of Law Teachers’ of Southern Africa
  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa
  • Member of the Natal Law Society

Research Interests:

  • The law of the sea
  • Maritime piracy, security and safety
  • maritime casualties; marine and coastal law

Publications

  • 2010: “The developing jurisprudence to combat modern maritime piracy: a crime of the high seas?” 43 The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (2010) at 1 (Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, University of South Africa)
  • 2011: “Signs of change: The renaming of Durban’s streets: Democratic Alliance v eThekwini Municipality: Unreported Judgment (KZD) Case numbers:10787/08” 32 Obiter (2011) at 731 (Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
  • 2012: “Dumping the Seafill: The integrated coastal management act of 2008: International controls on dumping at sea, and a sea change in approach” 17 South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (postea 2010) 45 (School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal). Co-authored with Ed Couzens and Melissa Lewis.
  • 2013: “Hearing the people on the street: testing the extent of public participation in Durban’s street renaming process: Democratic Alliance v eThekwini Municipality 2012(2) SA 15 (SCA); 34(2) Obiter (2013) at 368. (Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).
  • 2016: “The regulation of offshore seismic surveys in South Africa’s maritime realm” forthcoming in South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy (School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • 2016 “Shifting Sand and Shifting Jurisdiction: Sea level change and its implication with respect to maritime sovereignty in Southern Africa.” Submitted to the South African Yearbook of International Law.

Papers Delivered:

  • 2009 ‘The developing jurisprudence to counter measure maritime piracy: A crime of the high seas?’ presented at the Conference of the Society of Law Teachers’ of Southern Africa, Pietermaritzburg;
  • 2011 ‘A commentary on the United Nations Security Council Resolutions to Combat piracy in Africa and its impact on international law’ presented at the Conference of the Society of Law Teachers’ of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch;
  • 2012 ‘The role of the UKZN maritime law and maritime studies unit’ presentation at a workshop hosted by the South African Maritime Safety Authority. Pretoria.
  • 2014 ‘The regulation of offshore seismic surveys in South Africa’s maritime realm An illustration of developments in the integration of mining and marine law’ presented at ‘2015 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy: Legal Challenges and Opportunities’ hosted by the NRF South African Research Chair in the law of the sea and development in Africa. Port Elizabeth
  • 2015 ‘Shifting Sand and Shifting Jurisdiction: Sea level change and its implication on maritime sovereignty in Southern Africa, presented at the Conference of the Society of Law Teachers’ of Southern Africa, Durban.