Professor Don Mackay
Don MacKay is a former New Zealand Permanent Representative (ie Ambassador) to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. He has specialised in international legal matters, and has extensive experience in chairing, facilitating and negotiating international meetings, including on oceans, fisheries, and law of the sea. His oceans experience dates back to the negotiations on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, he was President of the States Parties to the Convention in 2002, and he has been co-chair of the United Nations Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) since 2010.
Don’s widespread experience in Pacific regional and Antarctic matters includes chair of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) from 2009-2010, chairing the negotiations on the Annex on Liability Arising from Environmental Emergencies in the Antarctic adopted in 2005, and most recently chair of the ATCM Tourism Working Group. In 2014 he also chaired the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna. He was Co-Agent and Counsel in the Nuclear Tests Case (New Zealand v France) at the International Court of Justice in 1995. He is a Professorial Fellow at ANCORS, where he has helped teach international fisheries negotiations skills since 2012.