Utrecht Summer School logo
Utrecht University logo

The Oceans: Crucial to Life, Law and Economics

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

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.

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 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

Tags: transport, economics, law of the sea, oceans, shipping, water law

» Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Bookmark and Share


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


» Overview of all available discounts


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

» Contact Utrecht Summer School


Deadline for registration: 30 June 2017

Application closed