Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
• explain, distinguish and apply the key concepts and principles that are applicable in the law of the sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution,
• demonstrate acquaintance with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,
• analyse and show advanced understanding of some of the key law of the sea issues and
• identify how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law, such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is dedicated to the law of the sea which regulates the activities of states and their interactions regarding maritime matters. It will start off by briefly highlighting the main landmarks that shaped the history of the law of the sea and will then focus on the contemporary legal regime governing maritime areas which consists in great part of the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS). Studying the UNCLOS will allow us to pay close attention to the rules governing the different jurisdictional zones of the ocean and the maritime boundary delimitation. It will also cover the status of land-locked and geographically disadvantaged states and will touch upon the role of the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Finally, it will also apportion time to discussing dispute settlement.
Additional bibliography for study
Tanaka Yoshufimi, The International Law of the Sea, 2015, 2nd edition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 3-227 and 404-450.