Dr Rosalie Balkin is former Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (London). While she held this position she also served as Secretary of IMO’s Legal Committee and for a time also as IMO’s Assistant Secretary-General. She was previously Assistant Secretary in the Office of International Law at the Federal Attorney-General’s Department in Canberra, Australia. She has held academic posts, including at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; at Melbourne and New South Wales Universities in Australia; and at the University of Cambridge, UK.