- Deputy to the Secretary General and Legal Counsel
International Seabed Authority (Kingston/Jamaica)
Michael Lodge is an experienced international lawyer, with a strong background in fields including:
- Public international law
- Law of the sea (particularly fisheries and deep seabed mining)
- The marine environment
- Human rights.
He has extensive practical experience in multilateral and bilateral diplomacy and possesses internationally-recognized high-level skills in negotiating and drafting international treaties and agreements.
Michaels’s experience includes:
- Counsellor to the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD
- Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London, and
Director of an independent panel examining the problems of regional fisheries organizations
- Secretariat for the Ministerial-led Task Force on IUU Fishing on the High Seas
- Legal Counsel to the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency
- Executive Secretary of the Conference for Conservation and Management of Highly
Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific
- Head of the Interim Secretariat for the Preparatory Conference for the Western and
Central Pacific Fisheries Commission
- Immigration Judge, Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, UK
- Member of Advisory Board, Pew Marine Fellows Program, USA.
Michael Lodge has worked as a consultant on fisheries, environmental and international law in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe, the South Pacific and Africa. He has written widely on fisheries and deep seabed mining. He is a barrister of Gray’s Inn, London and also holds an MSc. in Marine Policy from the London School of Economics. He has over 20 years’ experience of living and working in numerous countries with different social and cultural backgrounds.