• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Donald Rothwell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
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This course will focus on the impact of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea and more recent supplementary agreements in the light of current State practice, seeking to identify, in particular, the extent to which its provisions have become part of customary international law in that area.

The course will address the following:

  • the history of Law of the Sea concepts
  • internal waters, territorial waters and the regime of innocent passage
  • the contiguous zone
  • transit passage through straits used for international navigation
  • islands, archipelagoes and the regime of archipelagic sealanes passage
  • the Exclusive Economic Zone
  • the Continental Shelf
  • recent developments in delimitation of maritime zones
  • the high seas and the management of High Seas fisheries
  • deep-seabed mining and the International Area.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A participant who has successfully completed this course should have:

  1. A broad working knowledge of the key areas of the law of the sea
  2. Extensive familiarity with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  3. An understanding of some of the key law of the sea issues confronting Australia
  4. An appreciation of how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty
  5. An enhanced understanding generally of the specific workings of international law, especially treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Means of Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The assessment is likely to consist of:
  1. Class Participation (10%), Case Note (30%) AND Essay (60%)
  1. Class Participation (10%) AND Major Research Paper (90%)

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study time.

2014 Intensive course dates: 3-6 June

Click here for current LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

(Corequisite of LAWS 8256 and Corequisite of LAWS 8259) or (Corequisite of LAWS8256 and enrolment in one of the following Programs: 6300 or 7300 or 7312)

Prescribed Texts

Indicative text: Donald R. Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart, Oxford: 2010)

Preliminary Reading

A Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed LAWS8182 Principles of International Law or equivalent.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4678 03 Jun 2014 03 Jun 2014 13 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

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