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LAWS6047: Law of the Sea

2024 unit information

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. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/4533/pages/postgraduate-lecture-timetable, unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units and academic staff profile https://www.sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people/academic-staff.html

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Law

Code LAWS6047
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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Prohibitions:
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Assumed knowledge:
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At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the main areas of the law of the sea and their significance for contemporary ocean governance
  • LO2. Demonstrate a deep and critical understanding of the central norms and institutions established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  • LO3. Identify and evaluate key law of the sea issues confronting the Asia Pacific region and Australia
  • LO4. Examine and evaluate the interaction between the international law of the sea and other areas of international law, such as state jurisdiction and international environmental law
  • LO5. Identify key law of the sea issues arising from recent events and state practice and assess their relevance for the development and implementation of the law of the sea
  • LO6. Critically apply the acquired knowledge on the law of the sea to develop an advanced understanding of the origins and purposes, methods and vocabulary of public international law, especially treaty law, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution
  • LO7. Communicate an understanding of the law of the sea in a clear, logical and analytical 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 in the maritime domain

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Intensive May 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 2b 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2b 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 2a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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