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LAW4180 - International law of the sea I : marine resources and management 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader(s): Kwame Mfodwo


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


Topics include: UNCLOS III - history of negotiation; regime implementation; maritime boundaries; territorial demarcation - exclusive economic zones (EEZ); living marine resource management - fisheries; straddling stocks; environmental protection - point-source pollution; non-living marine resource management - oil and gas; off-shore drilling; artificial islands and installations; the Deep Sea Bed Authority; international dispute settlement; International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have developed:

  1. a coherent, critical and historically informed understanding of current international law principles and rules for management of marine resources;
  2. a well developed ability to use these principles and rules in simulated situations of interstate claims, conflict and dispute settlement;
  3. a well developed understanding of the political, economic, cultural and other contexts for rule evolution and current use;
  4. a well developed understanding of the strategic implications of this aspect of international law for Australia;
  5. a broad understanding of the role and use of diplomatic conferences in the progressive development of the international law of the sea; and
  6. a broad understanding of trajectories for further evolution of these principles and rules.


2 Research memo assignments (1000 words each and 12.5% each): 25%;
Group assessment exercise - simulation adversarial team negotiations - bilateral fisheries and offshore petroleum access agreements/treaties: 20%; and
Research assignment (4400 words): 55%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104





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