Albert Vlodder wins Rhodes Academy ICPC Writing Award

PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom and DURHAM, NH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Each year the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) and the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy (Rhodes Academy) sponsor the Rhodes Academy-ICPC Submarine Cables Writing Award for a deserving article about submarine cables and their relationship with the law of the sea. Candidates and graduates of Rhodes Academy are eligible to compete for the award, in a competition administered by the National University of Singapore’s Center for International Law. With the award, the ICPC and the Rhodes Academy aim to advance scholarship in the field of submarine cables (the infrastructure of the Internet) and the law of the sea and to promote the rule of law as applied to submarine cables. The referees of the 2024 competition selected Albert Vlodder of Canada as the winner for his paper, ‘The Consequences of Damaging Submarine Cables: An Examination of the Applicability of Effects Jurisdiction over the Unlawful Act of Damaging Submarine Cables on the High Seas.’ Vlodder is currently a doctoral researcher at Åbo Akademi University in Finland.

The Rhodes Academy. Each year, the Rhodes Academy brings together approximately 50 mid-career professionals from around the world to study and learn from leading scholars, judges and practitioners in the field of ocean law and science on the law of the sea and the its main legal instrument, the United Nations Convention. on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Academy is organized by a consortium of research universities and institutes, led by the University of New Hampshire’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. For more information about the Rhodes Academy and the writing competition, see and .

The price. Each year the winner receives guaranteed entry and a full scholarship (covering attendance fees, travel costs and a shared hotel room) to the Rhodes Academy, or for a Rhodes Academy graduate from a previous year, a cash prize of £4,500. . The winner will receive assistance from the Rhodes Academy in seeking publication of the winning article and will also be invited to speak at the next ICPC plenary meeting. All past winners’ articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

About the ICPC. ICPC is the world’s leading organization promoting the protection and resilience of submarine cables. The ICPC works with its members, governments, international organizations, other maritime industries and the scientific community to: reduce the risks of natural and human damage to cables; developing recommendations and best practices for industry and governments throughout the life cycle of cable projects; promote scientific research that examines how cables exist in the marine environment; and promoting the rule of law for the oceans. Founded in 1958, the ICPC has more than 220 members from more than 70 countries, including cable operators, owners, manufacturers and industrial service providers, as well as governments. For more information about the ICPC, visit and

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