This course will introduce the students to the international law of the sea. Oceans are essential for maintaining life on earth, their resources are increasingly important to the world economy and 90% of all international trade is seaborne. Creating an effective governance and regulatory regime for the oceans continues to be a challenge for the international community. The current regime for the oceans is built on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (LOSC). This framework convention divides the oceans in various coastal state maritime zones and international areas. In all these areas the legal regime seeks to maintain a balance between the rights, interests and obligations of individual states and the international community’s interests. During the summer school we will be presenting you with this legal regime.
A short overview of the history of the law of the sea will be provided, and its codification in international law. After the introductory lecture, particular core issues of the law of the sea will be examined in more detail. We will look at the maritime zones, their extent, substantive regime (including the rights of third States), and maritime boundary delimitation in case of overlapping claims. We will see whether law is an effective tool for marine environmental protection. We will look in particular at international fisheries law, and offshore energy production. Another session will be devoted to dispute settlement in the law of the sea. We will conclude with a session on future developments of the law of the sea, including the feasibility of the development of an instrument for the governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction. During the course we will also be discussing recent developments such as the dispute between Ukraine and the Russian Federation concerning their respective rights and obligations under the law of the sea in the Black Sea against the background of the Russian Federation’s annexation of the Crimea.
Housing through Utrecht Summer School
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Dr. Otto Spijkers (course coordinator)
Phone number (direct): +31 30 253 7095
Phone number (department): +31 30 253 7038