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LAWS8092 – Law of the Sea

2021 – Session 2, Infrequent attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convener
Nengye Liu
Tutor
Ethan Beringen
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to JD and 80cp in LAWS or LAW units at 6000 level or above) or (admission to LLM) or (admission to MIntTrdeComLaw)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The oceans cover five-sevenths of the planet's surface and are undoubtedly one of the world's most important resources. The economic, political, strategic and social interests at play are enormous. This unit will examine the different maritime zones, address the regulation of activities undertaken in connection with the oceans, and consider how the demands of different states have impacted on this complex legal regime.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe and critically analyse the role of the key actors and institutions involved in the law of the sea and the legal principles governing that maritime activity.
  • ULO2: Evaluate and critique the interests of states in their decision-making in relation to maritime governance, assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of conflicting views over ocean space and use.
  • ULO3: Discuss, explain and critique in oral and written form different viewpoints on law of the sea from an international perspective.
  • ULO4: Identify and analyse how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty
  • ULO5: Apply advanced knowledge of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution;

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online engagement 20% No Ongoing
Final time limited assessment 40% No 23:59 10/11/2021
Research paper 40% No 23:59 17/09/2021

Online engagement

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 24 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will engage in online discussion and problem solving activities prior to and following from intensive seminars

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critically analyse the role of the key actors and institutions involved in the law of the sea and the legal principles governing that maritime activity.
  • Evaluate and critique the interests of states in their decision-making in relation to maritime governance, assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of conflicting views over ocean space and use.
  • Discuss, explain and critique in oral and written form different viewpoints on law of the sea from an international perspective.
  • Identify and analyse how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty
  • Apply advanced knowledge of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution;

Final time limited assessment

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: 23:59 10/11/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

A final time limited assessment will cover the whole of the course materials

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critically analyse the role of the key actors and institutions involved in the law of the sea and the legal principles governing that maritime activity.
  • Evaluate and critique the interests of states in their decision-making in relation to maritime governance, assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of conflicting views over ocean space and use.
  • Discuss, explain and critique in oral and written form different viewpoints on law of the sea from an international perspective.
  • Identify and analyse how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty
  • Apply advanced knowledge of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution;

Research paper

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 23:59 17/09/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will be set a paper of approx 3000 words requiring independent research

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe and critically analyse the role of the key actors and institutions involved in the law of the sea and the legal principles governing that maritime activity.
  • Evaluate and critique the interests of states in their decision-making in relation to maritime governance, assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of conflicting views over ocean space and use.
  • Discuss, explain and critique in oral and written form different viewpoints on law of the sea from an international perspective.
  • Identify and analyse how the law of the sea interacts with related areas of international law such as maritime security and concepts of state sovereignty
  • Apply advanced knowledge of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and apply this knowledge in the context of the specific workings of international law, especially other relevant treaties, customary international law and methods of dispute resolution;

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required Resources

There are no required texts in this course. Students will, however, need to be able to access a number of international agreements such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Convention on Biological Diversity and other pieces of Commonwealth and state legislation used during part of the course, in particular, on a range of areas such as shipping, fisheries management, marine energy, marine biodiversity. These can be found online through the various United Nations and government websites.

 

Recommended Resources

TEXT BOOK(S)

D.R. Rothwell & T.Stephens, The International Law of the Sea 2nd Edition (Hart Publishing, 2016)

D.R. Rothwell, A.G. Oude Elferink, K.N. Scott & T. Stephens (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (Oxford University Press, 2015)

 

OTHER REFERENCES

Other reference that students may find useful:

Y. Tanaka, The International Law of the Sea 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

R. Rayfuse (ed), Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2015)

Journals

International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law

Ocean Development and International Law

Ocean Yearbook

Marine Policy

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