Course Code : LAW 404
Course Title : International law of the sea
Weekly Teaching Hour: 3-hours lecture per week, 1 (1-hour) tutorial every week
Who may enrol : Compulsory for Year 4 (Senior) LLB. Students
Prerequisites : N/A
Lecturer : To be announced on August 2020
Description : Each section of this course is designed to introduce you to different areas within the International Law of the Sea. Altogether the course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive picture from evolution to the current application of the law of the sea. Students will also be introduced to various competing arguments surrounding these laws and how the laws have been interpreted by various courts and tribunals.
After completing this course students will have a very good understanding of the current regime of the law governing human activity in the seas and oceans around the globe.
Section 1: Evolution of the law of the sea
The four Geneva Conventions on the law of the sea
Section 2: Baselines, the territorial sea and the contiguous zone
The law on drawing baselines
The rights of states in their territorial sea
The right of innocent passage of other states
Rights and duties in the contiguous zone
Section 3: The continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone
Definition and drawing of the continental shelf
Rights of States in the continental shelf
The concept of the EEZ
Rights and duties of States in the EEZ and its delimitation
Section 4: The high seas, the sea-bed and dispute resolution
The notion of the freedoms of the high seas
The legal status of the sea-bed and its resources
The International Seabed Authority
Dispute settlement mechanism in the law of the sea
Recommended Textbook (s) and Supplementary Books :
- The International Law of the Sea 2nd Edition , by Donald R. Rothwell (Author), Tim Stephens (Author), Hart Publishing; ISBN-10: 1782256849, ISBN-13: 978-1782256847
- The International Law of the Sea, 3rd Edition , AUTHOR: Yoshifumi Tanaka, University of Copenhagen, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 9781108440103
- Reading lists and other materials will be provided for students registered on the course via online by lecturer.
Class Participation 10%,
- Unseen Examination 90% Each section will be assessed by a 45-minute – unseen written examination.
Attendance 95 % compulsory.