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, based in Guam, is 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.
Blue Ocean Law is licensed to practice law in Guam, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Yap/Federated States of Micronesia, Hawai`i, and New York. The firm's founder and consultants have spent significant time traveling globally and throughout the Pacific region, speaking with communities impacted by, among other things, a complicated colonial past, nuclear weapons testing, and deficient models of economic development. These experiences afford Blue Ocean Law unique insights into how law and legal process, when divorced from historical context and political understanding, can have unintended adverse effects on islander communities. Blue Ocean Law aspires to redress historical inequities to promote justice, human and indigenous rights, and rights-respectful development opportunities throughout the Pacific.
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
July 5th, 2018
BOL welcomes summer research associates Abigail Pershing (YLS ’20) & Autumn Bordner (SLS ’19).
April 30th, 2018
Julian & Julie release DSM article in Harvard Environmental Law Review.
BOL is pleased to welcome Abigail Pershing and Autumn Bordner to Guam for summer 2018, where they will be serving as sum......... read more »
April 12th, 2018
BOL presents on DSM & climate change at YLS Bernstein Conference.
Julie & Julian release their law article, "Broadening Common Heritage: Addressing Gaps in the Deep Sea Mining Regul......... read more »
On behalf of BOL, Julie Hunter participated in a panel entitled "The Environment & Human Rights" at the Yale Law Sch......... read more »
Julian Aguon is the founder and visionary behind Blue Ocean Law, a progressive law firm that operates at the forefront of contemporary international law while remaining rooted in respect for the myriad peoples of the Pacific region......
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