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LAWS6047: Law of the Sea

Covering two-thirds of the world's surface the ocean provides a range of indispensable public goods including fisheries and non-living resources and is a vital conduit for international trade. The international law of the sea regulates access to and use of the oceans, and this unit reviews the major areas of this area of international law as they have developed over the centuries. It takes as its focus the 'constitution' of the oceans - the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Each of the major maritime zones is assessed, and there is also a review of key sectoral issues, including the protection of the marine environment, fisheries management, navigational rights and freedoms, and military uses of the oceans. Where appropriate, reference is made to relevant Australian law and practice, and to other state practice in the Asia Pacific Region.

Code LAWS6047
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the main areas of the law of the sea
  • LO2. demonstrate extensive familiarity with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of key law of the sea issues confronting the Asia Pacific region and Australia
  • LO4. appreciate the interaction between the international law of the sea and other areas of international law, such as state jurisdiction and international environmental law
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of the key law of the sea issues arising from recent events and state practice
  • LO6. demonstrate an enhanced understanding generally of the purposes, methods and vocabulary of public international law, especially treaty law, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution
  • LO7. communicate your understanding of the law of the sea in a clear and logical manner using plain and concise language
  • LO8. identify and apply rules and principles of the law of the sea in innovative ways to analyse complex factual scenarios

Unit outlines

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