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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements will be able to:
- Explain, distinguish and apply advanced knowledge of the key concepts and principles that are applicable in the law of the sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution;
- Demonstrate extensive practical and theoretical familiarity with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
- Analyse and show advanced understanding of some of the key law of the sea issues confronting Australia and the Asia Pacific region;
- Identify how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty; and
- Plan and compose an advanced-level research paper which critically examines one or more contemporary law of the sea issues.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment is likely to consist of:
- Class Participation (10%), Case Note (30%) and Essay (60%), OR
- Class Participation (10%) and Major Research Paper (90%)
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is:
- Donald R. Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart, Oxford: 2010).
- Churchill and Lowe, The Law of the sea 3rd Edition (1999)
- Lowe and Talmon, The Legal Order of the Oceans: Basic Documents on the Law of the Sea (2009)
- O’Connell The International Law of the Sea 2 vols (1982, 1984)
- Rothwell, Oude Elferink, Scott and Stephens, The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (2015)
- Tanaka, The International Law of the Sea (2012)
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|27 Sep 2016
|27 Sep 2016
|07 Oct 2016
|11 Nov 2016