Utrecht, Netherlands

Public International Law and the Law of the Sea - Track

when 6 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 900

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this program has been postponed to 2021.

Are you interested in the role of law in international affairs, and in particular in the way States make use of the law to cooperate in the shared exploitation of the oceans? This intensive and interactive, two-week course focuses first on the theory and practice of international law in a general sense, before we zoom in during the second week on issues pertaining particularly to the law of the sea. Participants will familiarize themselves quickly with the basic tenets of international law, and go a bit deeper into ocean affairs, leaving with a useful set of skills, competences and expertise.

This Special Track combines the courses Public International Law and the Law of the Sea. The aim of the first week of this combined track is to provide the participants with a basic introduction to selected issues of international law, and to show its relevance in today's most pertinent global challenges. We will look at the role of international law in responding to today's global challenges, such as the Russian activities in Ukraine, the legal aftermath of Srebrenica, the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, and climate change negotiations. These issues will be used to examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, and questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organizations.

The second week of the combined track offers the participants a basic introduction to the law of the sea. Oceans are essential for maintaining life on earth, their resources are increasingly important to the world economy and 90% of all international trade is seaborne. Creating an effective governance and regulatory regime for the oceans continues to be a challenge for the international community. The current regime for the oceans is built on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS). This framework convention divides the oceans in various coastal state maritime zones and international areas. In all these areas the legal regime seeks to maintain a balance between the rights, interests and obligations of individual states and the international community’s interests. During the second week we will be presenting you with this legal regime. The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in international law in general and the law of the sea in particular.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Cedric Ryngaert & Prof. dr. Alex Oude Elferink

Fee info

EUR 900: Course fee
EUR 350: Housing fee (optional)

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