Law of the Sea - LAWS8086

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200 or 9210 or 5740 or 9230 or 9240 or 5760 or 9281 or 5281 or 9220 or 5750 or 8619 or 5499 or 7339 or 9212 or 5212

Excluded: JURD7586

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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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.

LLM Specialisations

Environmental Law.
International Law.

Main Topics
  • The history of the Law of the Sea
  • Defining and regulating ocean spaces
  • Baselines and internal waters
  • The territorial sea
  • The exclusive economic zone
  • The high seas
  • The international sea bed area
  • Maritime boundary delimitation
  • Regulating ocean spaces
  • Nationality of ships
  • Proscribed activities
  • Navigation
  • Fishing
  • Protection of the marine environment
  • Marine scientific research.
More information can be found on the Course Outline Website.
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