[Law ] International Law of the Sea


General information

Course name International Law of the Sea
Course type Lecture
Course code 020028
Course coordinator Prof. Dr. Matz-Lück
Faculty Law
Examination office Petra Gnadt/Carmen Thies, Walther-Schücking-Institut
Short summary The lecture serves as an introduction to the international law of the sea.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor
Also possible for Master, All law students

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Evaluation Oral or written exam
Frequency Summer semester

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements Students should have already participated in the lectures Public International Law and International Environmental Law

Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content The oceans are subject to various uses – navigation, oil and gas exploitation, fishing – and pressures – overexploitation, destruction of habitats, pollution from various sources, acidification – which threaten their vital functions. Finding a balance between different legitimate uses and environmental protection is the overarching aim of legal instruments dealing with the law of the sea. The lecture largely leans onto the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea for explaining the division of the seas into different maritime zones (internal waters, territorial sea, archipelagic waters, contiguous zone, Exclusive Economic Zone, continental shelf, high seas, “the Area”) and, particularly, the degree to which States exercise jurisdictional rights within these zones. As far as rights and obligations of States are concerned, the lecture inter alia deals with navigation, the protection of the marine environment, and marine scientific research. The lecture introduces to dispute settlement related to questions of the law of the sea and gives examples for its practical relevance.
Reading list The syllabus and a reading list will be made public at the beginning of the lecture.
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