|Law of the Sea - JURD7586|
The Law of the Sea is that body of international law which regulates the activities of States in their international relations concerning maritime matters. It is one of the most dynamic and important areas of international law, and is of particular importance to Australia, which possesses one of the largest maritime areas on earth. This course aims to examine the current legal regime governing ocean uses. The course will examine the major maritime zones recognised in international law and the rules relating to the various uses of the seas including fishing, shipping and navigation, scientific research and mining. It will examine the way in which disputes over conflicting uses of the seas arise and the manner in which they are handled and will look at the interrelationship between the public international law of the sea and municipal law with particular reference to matters of importance to Australia.
This course is also available to students undertaking relevant postgraduate non-law degree programs at UNSW, provided such enrolment is approved by the appropriate non-law Faculty.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
None, but LAWS8180 Principles of International Law or equivalent is a recommended pre- or co-requisite.
The objective is to provide students with a broad but thorough knowledge of the law of the sea with particular focus on understanding the nature and ramifications of the various regimes established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and its implementing agreements. The specific aims of this course are:
1. The History of the Law of the Sea
2. Defining and Regulating Ocean Spaces
3. Maritime Boundary Delimitation
4. Regulating Ocean Spaces