Kenneth P. Beauchamp
1943 - 1986
  Kenneth P. Beauchamp, a Vancouver lawyer and an authority on ocean policy, died on 16 March 1986. He was killed by a car while walking along a road in a Florida resort area. Ken had returned to his law practice in North Vancouver after devoting several years to study and research in international law, law of the sea, marine affairs, and Canadian native policy. At the time of his death, he was undertaking a major new project with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

 Ken was born in North Bay, Ontario, in 1943. He received a B.A. from Loyola in Montreal and, after serving for several years with the Canadian Armed Forces, moved to the west coast. His attraction to this region, and his keen interest in and strong love for the sea and mountains, were well-known to all his colleagues and friends. At the University of British Columbia he studied law, with an emphasis on international and marine law, and received the LL.B. in 1973. In that year he co-published an article dealing with Canada's rights over the continental shelf (Beauchamp, K., Crommelin, M., and Thompson, A.R., "Jurisdictional Problems in Canada's Offshore," Alberta Law Review 11: 1973, pp. 431 -470).

 Ken articled with Russell and Du Moulin and was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974. His practice with this firm was primarily in the field of criminal law. Subsequently he worked in a legal aid society office and later joined Ratcliff & Co. Concurrent with his practice he maintained active academic interests and wrote a monograph on the Canadian North that was published in 1976 (Land Management in the Canadian North. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic- Resources Committee). After several busy and successful years of legal practice, Ken decided to pursue graduate studies in law. Seeking a new challenge, he followed his longstanding interest in marine affairs and went to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to study with the Dalhousie Ocean Studies Programme under the supervision of Professors Edgar Gold and Douglas M. Johnston. He received the LL.M. in 1981. His thesis dealt with the relationships between marine jurisdiction and ocean management possibilities using the case of the Gulf of Maine ("The Management Function of Ocean Boundaries: Prospects for Co-operative Ocean Management between Canada and the United States. " LL. M. Thesis, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., 1981). During his time at Dalhousie, Ken co-authored a bibliography on maritime boundary delimitation (McDorman T.L., Beauchamp, K.P., and Johnston, D.M., Maritime Boundary Delimitation: An Annotated Bibliography. Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath, 1983).

 From 1982 through 1984, Ken worked with the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) as Director of the Arctic Ocean Programme, a multi-year research project funded by the Max Bell Foundation to enhance understanding and management of arctic marine affairs. Among other activities with CARC, he co-chaired a major workshop on Arctic Ocean policy and management that resulted in an important publication on the topic and includes two articles written by Ken ("International Legal Issues in Arctic Waters," pp. 53-79, and "Ocean Management: A Theoretical Perspective," pp. 145-180, in Ocean Policy and Management in the Arctic. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 1984).

 Ken returned to Vancouver to complete his work on the Arctic Ocean Programme and to write a monograph on northern port issues (Port Policy for the Canadian Arctic Coast, CARC Policy Paper 1. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 1985). Ken also taught international law at UBC and supervised several LL.M. candidates. He resumed his practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1985. Shortly before his death, an article he wrote was accepted for publication in the San Diego Law Review ("The Management Functions of Ocean Boundaries").

 Ken's love for the ocean and the rugged west coast mountains found only partial expression in his scholarship. He was also an avid and skilled sailor and he would often walk along the shore, finding special values and reassurances in its environs. His death leaves a very large space in the lives of his colleagues in academe, CARC, and the legal profession.


Norman Dale and Enno Harders


A memorial fund is being established in Ken's name for the advancement of scholarship in marine affairs. Donations and requests for further information should be directed to:

The Kenneth P. Beauchamp
Memorial Fund
c/o Norman Dale,
Westwater Research Centre
1933 West Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1W5

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