Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM127: Law of the Sea

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Josh Martin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Human activity in the ocean has long since passed breaking point, having witnessed the decimation of marine biodiversity, pollution, crime and piracy, and routine health and safety failures. What is more, given that this vast shared resource on our “blue planet” is worth many trillions of dollars, it is increasingly becoming a global arena for transnational conflicts over growing activities in an ever-shrinking space, including shipping, oil & gas extraction, renewable energy, fishing, conservation, mining, dredging, research, telecommunications, construction & infrastructure, militarisation, cable & pipelaying, bioprospecting, recreation, and tourism.

This module provides you with a detailed, analytical and critical appreciation of the international and transnational legal system managing of our global ocean. In addition to being open to LLM students, the policy and governance-oriented nature of much of the research also makes it also open to postgraduate students in other Masters-level disciplines, including International Relations, Politics, Security, or Governance-related disciplines, as well as other disciplines such as Legal History and Human Geography. A detailed prior knowledge of international law is therefore not required.

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