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Short Course: Law of the Sea

Course Outline

This 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.

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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

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"

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

This course is offered both as a hybrid course over two days and as an online course offering 8 x 2 hours sessions.

Course cost

The course cost is £775 per person.

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

*Course cost is subject to change 


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.

Find out more about training scholarships 

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