Max Mejia is Professor in Maritime Law and Policy at the World Maritime University (WMU), where he has been a member of the resident faculty since 1998. Before joining WMU, he saw duty on board various naval and coast guard vessels as well as in shore-based facilities in the Philippines. His assignments included, inter alia, Commanding Officer of Port State Control Office Manila, Commander of Coast Guard Station Iligan, Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Maritime Development, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Navigational Safety. He earned his Bachelor of Science at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland, USA) and majored in International Security Studies while pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School (Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA). He also has a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University (Malmö, Sweden) and a Licentiate of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Lund University (Lund, Sweden). His PhD thesis is entitled “Law and Ergonomics in Maritime Security.”
Aside from teaching maritime policy, law, human factors, and security-related courses, Assoc. Prof. Mejia is Secretary of Doctoral Programmes at WMU and an Assistant Editor of the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs. He has led and participated in ISPS Code workshops and maritime law and policy seminars in a number of different countries. He is the editor/co-editor of three books on maritime security, the author/co-author of book chapters as well as articles published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Mejia assumed the role of Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in his native country of the Philippines on 27 May 2013. MARINA is an agency attached to the Department of Transportation and Communications to integrate the development, promotion, and regulation of the maritime industry within the Philippines. He was on leave as WMU professor during his time at MARINA and returned to WMU in August of 2016.