Law of the Sea

Subject 730-423 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two hours of lectures per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: International Law
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Professor S Kaye
Subject Overview:

This subject considers the structure and content of the international law of the sea. It will chart the development of the law of the sea within public international law, and examine the manner in which jurisdiction is determined over shipping and ocean areas, as well as issues such as freedom of navigation, maritime boundary delimitation, resource exploitation and environmental management of the oceans. It will also examine the emerging challenges posed by the changing international security environment for international shipping and resource protection.

The subject will cover the following areas:

  1. The development of the Law of the Sea
  2. Maritime Zones
  3. Regime of the High Seas and Deep Seabed
  4. Resource Exploitation
  5. Navigation
  6. Maritime Jurisdiction
  7. Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  8. Environmental Protection
  9. Maritime Security
  10. Dispute Resolution under the Law of the Sea Convention
  11. Domestic Implementation
Assessment: 2000 word essay, (essay topics/cases will be listed in the Reading Guide) due week 7 of semester 2 (worth 30% of the final mark in the subject) AND final written examination two hours (worth 70% of the final mark in the subject).The written examination will be open-book. Duration 30 minutes reading time and 2 hours writing time.
Prescribed Texts: Printed Materials will be issued by the Faculty of Law
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

A candidate should develop the following skills in this course:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Capacities in information seeking, evaluation and retrieval, in particular the use of online resources of international institutions and the Australian government
  • Communication skills, oral and written

In addition, on completion of this subject students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:

  • case reading and analysis, including an ability to:
    • extract important features from judgments;
    • reconcile judgments;
    • evaluate the development of legal principles; and
    • apply legal principles arising from case law to new situations;
  • statutory reading, interpretation and analysis, including an ability to:
    • extract important features from statutes and treaties;
    • evaluate the development of statutory rules; and
    • use, interpret and apply statutory and treaty provisions to new situations;
  • hypothetical problem solving, including an ability to:
  • identify legal issues arising in complex fact situations;
  • o identify and apply relevant legal principles; and
  • o provide advice as to the rights and obligations of the parties

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