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Cursus: GEO4-1452
Marine Sciences Oceans Law and Policy
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoondr. A.G. Oude Elferink
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. A.G. Oude Elferink
Overige cursussen docent
dr. S. Trevisanut
Overige cursussen docent
3  (03-02-2020 t/m 17-04-2020)
TimeslotC: MA-middag/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ochtend
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-10-2019 08:00 t/m 24-11-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 20-01-2020 08:00 t/m 21-01-2020 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
At the end of the course the student has:
  1. a general understanding of the legal and policy framework for governing the oceans;
  2. a general understanding of the different inputs marine science may have in the formulation and implementation of these policy frameworks;
  3. the ability to assess the significance of these policy frameworks for specific ocean uses. 
The oceans are essential for maintaining  life on earth, their mineral resources are increasingly important to the world economy and marine fisheries significantly contribute to ensuring food security.  90% of all international trade is seaborne and most data communication is through submarine cables. Pursuing an effective governance regime for the oceans continues to be a challenge for the international community.
The course will first of all provide the students with some basic knowledge about public international law. That knowledge is essential for understanding the law of the sea as a part of public international law and the actors that play a role in the formulation and implementation of this legal framework.
The current regime for the oceans is built on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS). This framework convention divides the oceans in various coastal state maritime zones and international areas. In all these areas the legal regime seeks to maintain a balance between the rights and interests of individual states and the international community. The course sets out the legal regime applicable to the oceans, how oceans policy to create an effective governance system is taking shape and how disputes over ocean resources may be managed. The course will not only look at the UNCLOS but will also identify and discuss the role of other global and regional conventions and organizations in developing the law and designing effective governance policies.
Science has a role to play in the implementation of the UNCLOS and specific management regimes for ocean uses. The course will illustrate this role of science in oceans law and policy and will also provide an overview of the legal regime applicable to the conduct of marine scientific research.

Academic skills: 
  • ability to analyze text to determine issues of legal relevance;
  • ability to determine the relevant legal framework for scientific research in the marine environment;
  • ability to formulate views of this relevant legal framework orally and in written form.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Basic knowledge of public international law
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Reading of a textbook on public international law such as for example:
• J. Klabbers International law
• M. Dixon, Textbook on International Law
Bronnen van zelfstudie
See above
Verplicht materiaal
Donald R. Rothwell and Tim Stephens, The International Law of the Sea, Hart Publishing, 2016
Blackstone’s International Law Documents (latest edition)
Reader containing literature and documents
Materials placed on Blackboard

The course will consist of lectures with discussions that will require active preparation by the students and in addition will contain a couple of role plays simulating international negotiations.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are required to read the read the prescribed materials for each lecture in advance of that lecture and prepare answers to questions that may be posted in Blackboard prior to the lectures


Bijdrage aan groepswerk
The tutorials will consist of two sessions of moot international negotiations. The class will be divided in four groups. At each tutorial session, two groups will represent a State engaged in negotiating a bilateral agreement and will confront each other. The other two groups will participate in the negotiations as observers, representing civil society interests (NGOs, industry, local communities, etc.).

Minimum cijfer-

Written test (70%); assessment of participation in discussions (10%); assessment of participation in role plays (20%).

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Bestuderen en analyseren van informatie
Synthetiseren en structureren van informatie
Intellectuele vaardigheden
Schrijven (algemeen) - diverse typen teksten plannen, schrijven, herschrijven en afwerken
Discussieren, debatteren
Communicatieve vaardigheden
Maatschappelijke / culturele context
Ethisch perspectief
Kennis hanteren in een bredere context
Rapporteren over onderzoek - schriftelijk
Rapporteren over onderzoek - mondeling

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