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Short Course: Law of the Sea (Hybrid)

Date: 4-5 December 2024

Time: 09.30 - 17.30 (UK time)

Venue: BIICL, Russell Square, London and Online


Course Outline

This hybrid course provides an insightful overview of the international law of the sea and the pressing challenges confronting the world's oceans and seas. Led by experts from both academia and practice, participants will gain a robust working understanding of the main sources of the law of the sea, including treaties, customary law, and judicial practice. These components are examined in various contexts, from marine environment protection, climate change and vulnerable species management to the governance of global commons, deep-sea activities and, crucially, the peaceful settlement of international maritime disputes. The course offers fresh practical insights by analysing real-world examples, current issues, emerging trends, and new directions in the field.

Indicative course topics:

  • New Directions in the Law of the Sea: Nicaragua v Colombia and Beyond, 
  • The United Nations Law of the Sea Convention: Past, Present & Future
  • Governance of Global Commons: Deep Sea Mining & Marine Genetic Resources
  • Migrant Smuggling, Search & Rescue & Protection of Human Rights at Sea
  • Emerging Technologies in the Law of the Sea
  • Ocean Sustainability and Climate Change in the Law of the Sea
  • Fisheries Management & Resolution of Fisheries Disputes in the Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea & the Role of ITLOS

Course leader

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Leader in the Law of the Sea, BIICL and Associate Professor in International Law, Macquarie University Sydney.

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, companies and academia (including students).

Testimonials from past attendees

"Great learning experience"
"Really informative, accessible and in interactive - even as a non-Lawyer"
"Brilliant course, very well organised and chaired"
"Really informative with applied case studies. It has given me lots of pointers which will help me with my own research and was all round an excellent course"

Pricing and Registration

The course cost is £775 per person.

Course format: This is a hybrid course, being offered in person at the BIICL office in Russell Square, London and virtually.

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Participants at BIICL short courses are also invited to join exclusive events for trainees following completion of the course.

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 NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the discounted rates, 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 (13 November 2024).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 14 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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Event Cancellation Policy

When you register for an event you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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