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Public International Law and the Law of the Sea

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1300
Bachelor level

Are you interested in the role of law in international affairs, and the way States use law to cooperate in the shared exploitation of the oceans? Do you want to know more about the international disputes regarding the South China Sea? This two-week course looks at the theory and practice of international law, before zooming in on issues pertaining particularly to the law of the sea. Participants will familiarize themselves quickly with the basic tenets of international law, and go a bit deeper into ocean affairs, leaving with a useful set of skills, competences and expertise.

A special track consists out of a number of courses, which have been successfully combined in the past. Registering for a special track is more convenient than for each course separately and it also often results to substantial discount.

The special track consists of:
- Introduction to the International Law of the Sea
- Introduction to Public International Law

The aim of the first week of this combined track is to provide the participants with a basic introduction to selected issues of international law, and to show its relevance in today\'s most pertinent global challenges. We will look at the role of international law in responding to today\'s global challenges, such as the Russian activities in Ukraine, the legal aftermath of Srebrenica, the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, and climate change negotiations. These issues will be used to examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, and questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organizations.

The second week of the combined track offers the participants a basic introduction to the law of the sea. Oceans are essential for maintaining life on earth, their resources are increasingly important to the world economy and 90% of all international trade is seaborne. Creating an effective governance and regulatory regime for the oceans continues to be a challenge for the international community.

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, interests and obligations of individual states and the international community’s interests. During the second week we will be presenting you with this legal regime.

The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in international law in general and the law of the sea in particular.

Tags: international law, law of the sea, water law

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Cedric Ryngaert


People - student, academics, practitioners - interested in public international law and the law of the sea.


Introduce the participants to the basics of international law and the law of the sea.


12 hours teaching during 8 days.
4 hours reading per day.
Marks on the basis of two presentations.


• € 1300 - Course + course materials + housing


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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


mr. dr. Otto Spijkers
Achter Sint Pieter 200
Room 1.20
Phone direct: 030 253 7095
Phone Secretariat: 030 253 7038
Email: o.spijkers@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 30 June 2017

Application closed