Dr Denning Metuge was awarded the LLM in Mercantile Law in 2012 and the LLD in Public Law in 2017 from Nelson Mandela University. His thesis was entitled “The Safety of Navigation and the Role of Port State Jurisdiction: A South African Perspective”.

Dr Metuge took up the post-doctoral fellowship in the Chair of the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa in 2019. As part of his fellowship commitments, Dr Metuge is conducting research that will add to the knowledge base necessary for the development of a Marine Spatial Plan for the Algoa Bay area; he is also working on a paper on the exercise of port State control measures by States party to the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU); and is involved in the development of materials for subsequent volumes of the Chair’s book project The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States, by Vrancken, P; Tsamenyi, M (Eds). In addition, Dr Metuge is also a Managing Editor for iiLwandle Zethu (“Our Seas” in Xhosa), the Journal of Ocean Governance in Africa (JOGA), published by Juta and Company.

Dr Metuge is also involved with the supervision of LLD and LLM candidates as well as LLB students for their final year treaties. He also lectures the Law of the Sea at LLB level as well as modules on Marine Law and Policy, which are part of the PGdip and Mphil programmes in the Department of Development Studies. Moreover, he serves as post-doctoral fellow representative on the management and advisory committees of the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR).


  • ‘A critical review of the incorporation of SOLAS survey and certification standards in South African law’ (2017 South African Yearbook of International Law SAYIL)
  • “Carriage of Goods by Sea–From Hague to Rotterdam: Safer waters” (published dissertations Nelson Mandela University 2012)
  • “Port State Jurisdiction in terms of article 218 UNCLOS: A South African Perspective” (accepted for publication by the Journal of South African Law / Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg 2020). The finding in this output informed comments that were made on the Draft Marine Pollution (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Amendment Bill 2019.

Conference Papers

  • “Port State Jurisdiction in terms of article 218 UNCLOS: A South African Perspective” University of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela University colloquium, Cape St Francis, 23–24 August 2018.

Last updated: 2020.08.27. A.A

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Dr Denning Metuge
Assistant Editor