John J Vachaparambil

John J Vachaparambil

Associate Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Public International Maritime Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Legal facets of IUU Fishing
  • Legal aspects of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction
  • Legal aspects and interface-structures of the IMO’s legal committee


  • Associate Fellow, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi (since September 2021)
  • Former Junior Advocate, MBR Homes Pvt Ltd. Bangalore, Karnataka (August 2018 to June 2019)
  • Former Junior Legal Researcher, Jayashankar and Manu Associates, Kochi, Kerala (November 2017 to March 2018)


  • Certificate Course, Oceans Law and Policy, Gujarat Maritime University, Ahmedabad (2022)
  • LLM, Infrastructure and Business Law (Super Specialisation – Sustainable Marine and
    Offshore Infrastructure Governance) – TERI School of Advanced Studies (SAS), New Delhi (2021)
  • BA-LLB (Hons), Christ University, Bangalore, Karnataka (2017)


  •  Presented on the Maritime Diplomacy-Perspectives from India at the Workshop on the Delimitation of International Maritime Borders: Disputes, Challenges, and Solutions in a Comparative Perspective at University of Haifa, Israel, Dec’22.

All Publications



Author: In December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly in its annual resolution on sustainable fisheries declared 05 June as the ‘International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing’.  The UN also declared 2022 as the ‘International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture’ (IYAFA) (Fig 1).[1]  With disruptive, illegal, unreported and unregulated […]
  1. John J Vachaparambil and Purnima Malik, “Introduction to the Special Issue”Maritime Affairs Summer 2022 Special Issue on UNCLOS, Taylor & Francis, 06 October 2022,
  2. John J Vachaparambil, “Can undertaking Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India, help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?”Latest News, 26 July 2021, 
  3. John J Vachaparambil, “Goal 14 of the SDGs v. Indian Naval Exercises”Young Influx, 01 May 2021,
  4. John J Vachaparambil, “India needs to prevent wildlife accidents to achieve Goal 15 of the SDGs”Delhi Post News, 08 March 2021,
  5. John J Vachaparambil, “Should betting be legalized in India?”LEX SCRIPTA Penning the Change: Christ University, No.3, (2014), pp.54-56.