LAWS6047 - Law of the Sea


  • The oceans cover two-thirds of the world's surface, and are vital to international commerce, are a store of important living and nonliving resources, and provide indispensable environmental services including stabilising the global climate system.
  • Review the major areas of the law of the sea as it has developed over the centuries.
  • Where appropriate, reference will be made throughout the unit to relevant Australian law and practice, and to other state practice in the Asia Pacific Region.


The 'constitution' of the oceans; the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; a range of other international conventions and agreements; current state practice; assessment of each of the major maritime zones; detailed review of several sectoral issues, including the protection of the marine environment; fisheries; navigational rights and freedoms; military uses of the oceans.


Semester 1 Intensive
29, 30 May & 5, 6 June 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 5,000 Word Essay (60%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (40%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Environmental Law | Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law | Master of Environmental Science and Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law