Civil Liability of Vessel-source Pollution
Examination of the regime for compensation from vessel-source pollution damage, including oil, hazardous and noxious substances, and nuclear materials.
W. Gary Wharton
W Gary Wharton is a partner of Bernard LLP in Vancouver. For more than thirty years, Mr Wharton has been practising maritime law as a litigator and solicitor. He has been counsel on several major marine causality cases, and his practice encompasses all areas of maritime law, including collision, salvage, marine pollution, port state control, personal injury, class actions, vessel construction, aquaculture, tenure of subtidal lands, charterparty disputes, and marine insurance. He also has significant experience in the areas of non-marine insurance, fire, and property loss. Mr Wharton has advised the Government of Vietnam on their marine transportation and environmental management legislation regime and the Technical Working Group (Shipping, Navigation and Communication) of the Initiative for Resolving Conflicts in the South China Sea. He is a past chair of the Maritime Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and taught fisheries law as an adjunct professor for several years at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He has been a trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and honorary solicitor, vice-commodore, and commodore of the West Vancouver Yacht Club.