• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Security Studies, International Security
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Phillip Drew
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced, specialised knowledge and skills, especially with respect to research in the area of maritime security law;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in the area of maritime security law;
  3. Explain, critically analyse, reflect upon and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories as they apply in the context of maritime security;
  4. Plan and execute complex legal research with independence in order to produce original scholarship.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 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. (null) [LO null]

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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. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP) Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD); OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law; OR Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL). Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

There 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)


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5599 13 Apr 2020 13 Apr 2020 24 Apr 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online View

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