LAW 458

Law of the Sea

Environmental Law, International Law

The purpose of the course is to give students an introduction to the field of the international Law of the Sea. The course focuses on the contemporary legal regime governing maritime relations, largely comprised of the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS). The course will provide a general overview to UNCLOS including the rules governing different jurisdictional zones, international navigation, the exploitation of natural resources of the oceans and seas, and maritime boundary delimitation. The course also addresses specialized topics such as dispute settlement in the maritime field. To train students in the ability to resolve concrete practical issues, the course will focus on analyzing the relevant treaty provisions and case-law of the International Court of Justice and other international judicial bodies and tribunals.

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