Maritime security is one of the longest standing distinctive areas of international law dealing with international security issues due to the historic importance of the law on piracy.
With the development of the international law of the sea, coastal state maritime security has gained in prominence as an array of maritime zones have been proclaimed and new sovereign rights and jurisdiction asserted over maritime areas.
With the development of the United Nations Charter in 1945 there has been an ever increasing maritime security dimension to the concerns and response of the Security Council, especially when acting under Chapter VII. This has especially been reflected in numerous Security Council Resolutions mandating naval operations, and more generally military operations to maintain international peace and security. UN-mandated naval operations were especially significant in the sanctions regime imposed against Iraq (1990-2003) during which time extensive state practice developed in this field. Since then the Security Council has also mandated member states to conduct military operations at sea to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, and piracy.
Some of the recent developments that have taken place in response to piracy off the coast of Somalia have been the most significant in the past century. These events have shone the spotlight back on maritime security and have emphasised the importance of this distinctive branch of international law.
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:
- Demonstrate an advanced, specialised knowledge and skills, especially with respect to research in the area of maritime security law;
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in the area of maritime security law;
- Explain, critically analyse, reflect upon and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories as they apply in the context of maritime security;
- Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.
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 AssessmentStudents must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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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 TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course, though students are recommended to consult:
- Natalie Klein, Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea (Oxford, 2011).
- Natalie Klein, Joanna Mossop and Donald R. Rothwell (eds), Maritime Security: International Law and Policy Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand (Routledge, 2010)
- Donald R. Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea (Hart, 2010)
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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|03 Oct 2017
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|24 Nov 2017