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Short Course: Law of the Sea

Date: 5 Sessions: 13 - 17 June 2022

Time: 13, 14, 15, 16, June 10.00 - 12.00 | 17 June 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Details

This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime boundaries? What are the States' rights and obligations with regard to the various zones of maritime jurisdiction? What are the rules and procedures for the peaceful settlement of international maritime disputes? What are the obligations of States towards migrants rescued at sea? And what is the interplay between marine natural resources exploitation and environmental protection in areas within and beyond national jurisdiction?

Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea experts from academia and practice, the course provides participants with a solid working knowledge of the relevant legal and regulatory framework for the governance of the world's oceans, the main sources of the law of the sea, including treaties, customary law and judicial practice and how these elements are put to the test in different contexts, from protecting the marine environment and managing vulnerable species, to regulating deep-sea activities and, crucially, to peacefully resolving disputes between States.

Indicative course topics

  1. The UN Law of the Sea Convention in Perspective
  2. Law of the sea: key concepts and principles
  3. Maritime zones: jurisdiction and resources
  4. Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea
  5. Current challenges for modern ocean governance including
  • Deep-sea Mining
  • Fisheries and Brexit
  • Search & Rescue at Sea
  • Unregulated Fishing
  • Climate Change

Course format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 5 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Who is the course for?

The course is beneficial to anyone with an interest in ocean governance including those working for government (including national and sub-national government), NGOs, legal practice (including law firms and chambers), companies and academia (including students).

Course trainers

  • Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Arthur Watts Research Fellow on the Law of the Sea. British Institute of International and Comparative Law (course leader)
  • H.E. Judge Tomas Heidar, Vice President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Professor Maria Gavouneli, Professor of International Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Professor Richard Barnes, Professor of International Law, Lincoln University
  • Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law; Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL.
  • Dr Noemi Magugliani, Research Fellow in Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy, BIICL; Lecturer, NUI Galway, Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women & Children

Download the course programme

Testimonials from past attendees

"The whole course was extremely interesting, varied, comprehensive, and well-run"
"Really informative course"

Pricing and Registration

The course cost per person is £350


Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from Governmental Entities and Non-Governmental Organisations
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (23 May 2022).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 10 CPD hours. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 80% of all sessions.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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