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Intensive Course: Law of the Sea - Hybrid (online participation)

Date: 1-2 December 2022

Time: 09:30 - 17:00 (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.

Course topics and tutors:

  • The International Law of the Sea in Perspective
    Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Fellow in the Law of the Sea. BIICL; Lecturer in International Law, Macquarie University, Centre for Energy & Natural Resources Innovation & Transformation (CENRIT), Sydney (course leader)
  • Maritime Zones & Maritime Boundary Delimitation
    Professor Richard Barnes, Professor of International Law, Lincoln University
  • Fisheries Regulation and Management of Disputes relating to Fisheries
    Dr Ben Juratowitch KC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Maritime Migration & Maritime Security
    Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, BIICL and 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
  • Climate Change, Sea Level Rise & the Law of the Sea
    Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Fellow in the Law of the Sea; Lecturer in International Law, Macquarie University, Centre for Energy & Natural Resources Innovation & Transformation (CENRIT), Sydney (course leader)
  • Deep Sea Mining & Marine Genetic Resources
    Dr Naomi Burke O'Sullivan, Legal Officer, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Marine Environmental Protection Law
    Dr Valentin Schatz, Junior Professor of Public Law and European Law, Institute of Sustainability Governance, Leuphana University of L√ľneburg, Germany
  • Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea and the Role of ITLOS
    H.E. Judge Tomas Heidar, Vice President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

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Course format

This is a hybrid course, being offered in person at the BIICL office in Russell Square, London and virtually. This page is for online participation but in person participation is also available here.

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).

 Testimonials from past attendees

"Great learning experience"
"Really informative, accessible and in interactive - even as a non-Lawyer"
"Very good. I had a great experience"

Pricing and Registration

The course cost is £700 per person (including VAT)

This is a hybrid course, being offered in person at the BIICL and virtually. Please use the button below to register for online participation, alternatively please visit the in person booking page to register for in person participation.


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 (10 November 2022)

Find out more about training scholarships  

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 12 CPD hours.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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