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Short Course: Law of the Sea

Date: 8 Sessions: 18, 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6 June 2023

Time: 10.00 - 12.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Outline

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the legal and regulatory framework governing the world's oceans and seas. Participants will learn how States establish their maritime boundaries and States' rights and obligations in the various maritime jurisdictional zones. They will also explore the rules and procedures for the peaceful resolution of international disputes and how courts and tribunals can contribute to good ocean governance. The course also covers the impact of climate change on the oceans, states' human rights obligations towards migrants rescued at sea, and the interplay between marine natural resource exploitation and environmental protection, within and beyond national jurisdiction.

Led by experts in law of the sea from both academia and practice, the course provides participants with a solid working knowledge of 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. The course offers fresh practical perspectives by analysing real-life examples, current problems and challenges, and emerging developments in the field, such as the new High Seas (BBNJ) Treaty.

Course topics:

  • The UN Law of the Sea Convention in Perspective
  • Maritime Zones & Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  • Prevention of Marine PollutionFisheries Regulation and Management of Disputes relating to Fisheries
  • Governance of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
  • Climate Change & Ocean Governance
  • Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea & the Role of ITLOS
  • Maritime Security, Search & Rescue of Migrants and Human Rights at Sea

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Course leader

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Leader in the Law of the Sea, BIICL and Lecturer, Macquarie University.

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 format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 8 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

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 £775 per person (including VAT).

This course is also running in autumn 2023. Click here to find out more.

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 (28 March 2023)

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 16 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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