University of Technology Sydney

78008 Law of the Sea

Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR (70110 Introduction to Law AND (76006c Public International Law OR 70108c Public International Law OR 76110c Introduction to Public International Law)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (70106 Principles of Public International Law AND 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice))
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The law of the sea (LOS) is one of the most diverse and interesting areas of international law. This subject examines in detail not only the status of the LOS today, but also its history and development, which can be traced back to circa 1650 and has traditionally reflected shipping and navigation interests. The LOS is now codified in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a treaty that represents one of the greatest achievements of international law-making. Students study and analyse the UNCLOS, which now contains many additional and dynamic areas of international law such as delineation of various maritime boundaries including those for archipelagic states; various sources of marine pollution including land-based sources; exploitation of valuable resources such as high seas fisheries, the minerals of the continental shelf beyond national jurisdiction and the deep seabed; marine scientific research; as well as dispute resolution.

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