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Sam Bateman

Dr Sam Bateman retired from the RAN as a Commodore and is now a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

His naval service included four ship commands, ranging from a patrol boat to guided-missile destroyer. He was awarded his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2001 for a dissertation on 'The Strategic and Political Aspects of the Law of the Sea in East Asian Seas'. He has written extensively on defence and maritime issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Articles by Sam Bateman (14)

  • Obama at Midway: Picking and choosing the law of the sea

    Earlier today US President Barack Obama traveled to Midway Atoll, located off the coast of Hawaii, to celebrate the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a marine protected area (MPA). The monument's expansion will permanently protect pristine coral reefs, deep sea marine habitats, and important ecological resources in the waters of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands.
  • Australia and the US: great allies but different agendas in the South China Sea

    Several posts on The Interpreter have argued recently that Australia should join the US in conducting freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) in the South China Sea. This is not a good idea for several reasons, not least of all is how our involvement would be perceived in the region.  The regional reaction to the FONOPs has not been what the US might have hoped for. Only the Philippines has come out unequivocally in support.
  • Is Southeast Asia really a piracy hot spot?

    A recent piece by Elliot Brennan (Southeast Asia: Here be Pirates) misrepresents the piracy situation in Southeast Asia. It follows media reports claiming Southeast Asia is now the main global 'hot spot' for global piracy and sea robbery.
  • Incompetence: Australia's incursions into Indonesian waters

    The Joint Review of the incursions by Australian vessels into Indonesian waters conducted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) released last week reveals that the incursions were a consequence of a failure to appreciate the extent of Indonesia’s territorial waters. As the report says, 'On each occasion the incursion was inadvertent, in that each arose from incorrect calculation of the boundaries of Indonesian waters rather than a