Blue Ocean Law is a boutique international law practice providing a broad range of legal services for governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental clients in Guam, Micronesia, and greater Oceania. The Asia-Pacific region is fast becoming the most relevant geopolitical theater with its ascendancy as the world's most dynamic economic zone and with complex problems like climate change beginning to confront the international community with singular urgency.
Blue Ocean Law is located in Guam and uniquely situated geographically and legally to help clients navigate through and prevail in complex Pacific jurisdictions such as the islands of Micronesia, comprising of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Blue Ocean Law focuses on international law and Pacific Islands legal systems.
The firm's founder Julian Aguon, licensed to practice law in Guam, Palau and the Marshall Islands, thrives on working across legal, political and cultural landscapes. Julian has spent significant time traveling throughout the Micronesian region and speaking with communities impacted by, among other things, a complicated colonial past, nuclear weapons testing, and deficient models of economic development. These experiences have afforded Julian insight into how law and legal process, when divorced from historical context and political understanding, can work unintended adverse effects in islander communities.
Blue Ocean Law owes its success in large part to Julian's blend of political and legal acumen on the one hand and cultural competence on the other, a combination gleaned from a kaleidoscope of personal as well as professional experiences with not only the governments and legal systems, but also the cultures and peoples, of the Micronesian region.
Micronesian Shipping Commission.
We initially approached Blue Ocean Law to assist us with implementing international agreements executed by the governments of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. We were extremely impressed by Julian's knowledge of international law and the rights and obligations of state parties to international agreements. Also, we wanted to engage a lawyer actually familiar with the Micronesian islands, and preferably one who was licensed in one or more of our three jurisdictions. We found that in Attorney Aguon. After close collaboration with stakeholders in both industry and government, Julian successfully devised an intergovernmental statutory framework that enables the Commission to more simply and uniformly regulate commercial ocean shipping.
Robert J. Weilbacher, Micronesian Shipping Comm.
Former Governor of Kosrae, FSM
Washington Pacific Economic Development Group.
Blue Ocean Law brings a highly strategic and commercially sound approach to its provision of legal consulting services. We engaged Julian at a time when our company won a contract with the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to provide technical services relative to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Obamacare rolls out a very complex process for the implementation of its various mandates, which is even more complicated in the territories. In short, Julian was able to quickly hone in on the relevant legal issues, separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak, and provide sound legal advice that enabled us to timely satisfy our own contractual obligations. In my opinion, Julian has a very impressive ability to translate dense legal mandates into discrete and legible legal issues, and then resolve them.
Juan Carlos Benitez, President
Washington Pacific Economic Development Group
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news & events
November 10th, 2014
New chapter by Julian Aguon in “Formations of United States Colonialism” published by Duke University Press.
October 21st, 2014
Julian Aguon joins Ninth Circuit legal battle to preserve constitutional exceptionalism for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Durham, NC. On November 10, 2014, Duke University Press released "Formations of United States Colonialism: The Histori......... read more »
October 16th, 2014
Julian Aguon’s Native Hawaiian Law Treatise book chapter released on iTunes.
Saipan, CNMI. On October 21, 2014, Julian Aguon served as amicus curiae co-counsel in Davis v. Commonwealth Election Com......... read more »
Cupertino, CA. On October 16, 2014, iTunes released Julian Aguon's "Native Hawaiians and International Law" chapter i......... read more »
Julian Aguon, a native son of Guam, lived many lives before becoming an international attorney. A prolific writer, gospel singer, human rights campaigner, and international relief worker who has worked, among others, with Mother Teresa's Homes for the Dying and Destitute in India, Julian's truest and most enduring impulse has been the pursuit of understanding......
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