LAWSG127 Introduction to the International Law of the Sea

Credit value: 15 credits (7.5 ECTS, 150 learning hours)
Convenor: Danae Azaria
Other Teachers: Ben Milligan
Teaching Delivery: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars, Term One
Who may enrol: LLM students only
Prerequisites: None
Must not be taken with: None
Qualifying module for: LLM in International Law;
LLM in Energy Law;
LLM in Environmental Law and Policy;
LLM in Maritime Law
Introductory video Currently there is no introductory video for this module
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay
Final Assessment: One 2-hour unseen written examination (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

The oceans are critical to States’ interests and human prosperity, being a highway for commerce, a shared resource and a vector for threats to security. They cover 70% of the earth’s surface, are the highway for 90% of the world’s international trade and provide 40% of the protein consumed in the developing world. In this context, the law of the sea is assuming a new prominence in international affairs, from questions of environmental protection and offshore resource exploitation, to legal contests over disputed islands, and even regarding the risk of maritime terrorism.

Module syllabus:

  • Introduction to the law of the sea: history, legal sources and law-making processes
  • Zones under coastal State jurisdiction, including the uses of the Territorial Sea, the Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Maritime boundary delimitation
  • Areas beyond national jurisdiction
  • Law-enforcement and security issues on the high seas, e.g. piracy, drug and migrant smuggling, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • The protection of the marine environment
  • Dispute resolution and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Recommended materials:

Students without previous experience of international law will need to read, as soon as possible:

  • Vaughan Lowe, International Law (Oxford, 2007) for a concise introduction to the field
  • Malcolm Evans “The Law of the Sea” in M Evans, International Law (Oxford, 2014; Chapter 22)

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.

Preliminary reading:

See above.