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:
- 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.
This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component 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.
- Class Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Case Note (30%) and Essay (60%) OR Major Research Paper (90%) (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of 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).
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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