“Amazing” is a word that’s often used to describe Gerard J. Mangone, professor of marine policy in the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies.
Among his many achievements, the expert in international and maritime law has been a policy adviser to several U.S. presidents and the United Nations in addition to dozens of UD graduate students. He established the first center for the study of marine policy in the United States here at UD. And he has written numerous research publications pertaining to the world’s oceans, ports, and coastal zone.
Recently, Mangone published the thirteenth book in his edited series International Straits of the World. The latest volume, The Legal Regime of the Turkish Straits, written by Turkish scholar Nihan Unlu, focuses on the narrow sea lane that divides Europe from Asia and connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea.
The book reviews the legal regime governing this heavily trafficked trade route, as well as the ancient waterway’s history and geography. Timely issues such as navigation safety, passage of warships, and possible actions that might be taken to prevent marine pollution of the straits also are highlighted. The book is available from Kluwer Law International.
Mangone initiated the book series in 1978 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. In the ensuing years, he has contracted with authors from around the globe to provide detailed information on some of the world’s most critical navigation passages. Currently, he is editing a study by a Norwegian scholar of Russia’s Arctic waters, which stretch from the Laptev Sea to the Chukchi Sea, and encompass several strategic narrows.
While Mangone reached official retirement age over a decade ago, he continues to maintain a busy schedule of graduate teaching, student advising, and research. He has written 12 books and numerous journal articles, authored chapters in 24 other books, and edited another 20 books. He also is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law.
This year marks Mangone’s 54th year of university teaching, with more than 30 years at the University of Delaware.