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Postgraduate Course: International Law of the Sea (LAWS11132)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of the course is to introduce students to the contemporary challenges in the regulation of the world's seas and oceans. The focus of the course is on the legal framework contained in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related instruments. Students will be introduced to the various zones of maritime jurisdiction created under the 1982 Convention, including the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone, the high seas, the continental shelf, and the International Seabed Area, as well as to questions of maritime delimitation. Students will also study the role of international institutions in the development of the law of the sea and how states have tackled new issues that have arisen since the conclusion of the 1982 Convention. Finally, the course will cover the settlement of maritime disputes through the compulsory dispute settlement provisions of the 1982 Convention.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment Components:

4000 Word Essay (80%)
Wiki Exercise (20%)
Feedback There will be a voluntary essay and written feedback will be provided to students who decided to take up this opportunity.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the general jurisdictional framework for the international law of the sea as contained in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  2. Students will be expected to develop critical analysis skills in relation to the interpretation of treaty provisions and the application of the law to particular factual.
  3. Students will be expected to carry out independent and group work during the course, both in preparing for class and during class exercises.
  4. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and make presentations on key issues, thereby developing key communication skills - by the end of the course, students should be confident to take part in discussions on the subject of international law of the sea.
Reading List
Students can prepare for this course by reading:

R. Churchill and V. Lowe, Law of the Sea, (Manchester University Press, 2nd edition, 1999), chapter 1; OR
D. R. Rothwell and T. Stephens, The International Law of the Sea, (Hart Publishing, 2010), chapter 1; OR
Y. Tanaka, The International Law of the Sea, (Cambridge University Press, 2012), chapter 1.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Please see Learning Outcomes.
KeywordsInternational Law of the Sea,Maritime Jurisdiction,United Nations Convention on the Law of the Se
Course organiserDr James Harrison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2040
Course secretaryMr Kevin Duckworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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