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Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and International Law

The world's oceans and seas are crucial to sustaining life on Earth. They can reduce poverty, ensure food security, and address equity issues. This means we must understand the relationship between the International Law of the Sea and other elements of international law concerning sustainable development.

The International Law of the Sea is always developing. At the moment, negotiations are ongoing in New York, for instance, towards the development of a new legally-binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

This course focuses on the interface between the International Law of the Sea and other areas of international law. These areas include international biodiversity; human rights; trade; and investment law. It'll give you the knowledge and skills you need to understand ocean governance and all it contains. You'll receive advanced, specialised and comprehensive knowledge of the science, policy and international law of ocean governance. You'll also learn about other areas of international law related to sustainable development. You'll build upon your analytical skills to understand and contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the International Law of the Sea. Upon graduating from this course, you'll be able to take part in international negotiations of the Law of the Sea and other related processes.

Course modules

Oceans Governance and other Areas of International Law; Developments and Challenges in the Law of the Sea; Fisheries Law and Sustainability; Blue Growth and Maritime Law; International Dispute Resolution and Oceans Governance; The Protection of the Marine Environment.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes a variety of forms to hone different skills: coursework assignments, including essays, group discussions and presentations. Some of the assessments will be based on real-life assignments that the teaching staff have engaged within the context of their practical experience in international consultancies, with a view to developing and enhancing students' skills of immediate relevance to global employers. Students seeking award of the Master's Degree (LLM) will need to complete a dissertation, which will allow them to hone further their skills in legal research, analysis and reasoning.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 8 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 21 Months
LLM Part-time September 2017 24 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 9 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 15,000 (Year 1) International 12 Months
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 11,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 12 Months

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