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JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

Law of the Sea

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will provide the framework for this international law seminar. During the first third of the course we will focus on the historical development of the law of the sea regime, the zones of jurisdiction now in existence (territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, high seas, continental shelf, deep seabed), and the tension between coastal state and maritime state interests. During the remaining sessions we will focus on specific law of the sea topics, such as: dispute settlement; piracy and terrorism; national security and military uses of the ocean; fisheries and marine pollution; baselines, boundaries and limits; and salvage and shipwrecks. Each student will be expected to lead at least one class session. Grading will be based on class participation and a series of short reaction papers.

Prerequisite: Public International Law

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.