Introduction to the International Law of the Sea

Course code
E01
Course fee (excl. housing)
Price
€600
Course Level
Bachelor

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 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. In this course, an introduction is provided to the law that regulates the oceans.

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, 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. In looking at recent development we will have 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.

An excursion will also be planned as part of the course.

Course director
Prof. dr. Alex Oude Elferink

Costs

Course fee:
Price
€600
Included:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
200
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

Participants who combine this course with the Public International Law course or the Law and Sustainability course are eligible for a discount in the fees. The discount will be 100 Euros per course.

Please indicate in your application if you are applying to more than one course.

Application


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter
C.V.

More information

Lan Nguyen | E: l.n.nguyen@uu.nl 

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Registration

Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
01 July 2022