The Oceans: Crucial to Life, Law and Economics
Water is vital to life. Crucially, the oceans play a key role in some of the most important economic activities, including transport. In fact, most of international trade is seaborne. The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in the economics and law of the sea. The focus in week one is on the law and economics of transport by sea. In week two, the international legal regime of the oceans will be presented in a general sense, focusing on various aspects other than transportation.
The major part of the water which covers the earth consists of oceans and seas. So it is no surprise that transport by sea plays a key role in the world economy. In the first part of this track you learn about the economic impact of transport by sea, the rules which govern this transport, the collision and the wreckage of ships – think of the Costa Concordia case - the financial and some of the legal consequences of a massive oil spill and the legal ins and outs of the exploitation of wind farms at sea. In the second week, the legal consequences of pollution of the sea will be dealt with more extensively.
The second part of this track provides an introduction to the law of the sea. 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. We will also look at topical issues, such the role of the law in settling international disputes regarding the South China Sea.
The two-week course is designed for those individuals interested in the economics and law of the sea.
The special track consists of:
- Law and Economics of Transport by the Sea
- Introduction to the International Law of the Sea
Prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder
The course participants could include (post)graduate students,
academics, and professionals.
The aim of the course is to provide a basic introduction to the
law and economics of the oceans.
12 hours teaching during 8 days.
4 hours reading per day.
Marks on the basis of presentations/paper or a written exam.
• € 1300 - Course + course materials + housing
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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.
Deadline for registration: 30 June 2017