LAWS364-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Law of the Sea

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


An examination of the principal instruments relating to the law of the sea with particular focus on modern ocean management techniques and current regulatory challenges such as maritime security and marine environmental protection. This course is offered in alternate years.

This course will provide an introduction to the law of the sea as codified by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  The modern law of the sea seeks to manage all aspects of oceans use (and abuse) as well as providing for mechanisms whereby zones and jurisdictional limits are established.  Students will begin by examining the various maritime zones (and their appropriate resource management and jurisdictional regimes as well as issues of delimitation) before going onto to focus on issues such as sustainable fishing, marine environmental protection and maritime security.  Contemporary challenges to the law of the sea will be explored including climate change, ocean acidification and managing genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), a topic subject to on-going negotiations in the UN.  In the final session a brief outline of Aotearoa New Zealand’s approach to managing the marine environment will be outlined, including an overview of Māori perspectives of ocean resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge
    a. Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principles, processes and institutions of the law of the sea as well as reflect on the nature of legal ‘knowledge’ and ‘norms’ in a maritime context;
    b. Critically analyse and evaluate the law of the sea within a social, political and theoretical context including the principles and values of justice within the system
    c. Relate their knowledge to current matters of international concern
    d. Demonstrate a basic and systematic understanding of the elementary principle of New Zealand’s implementation of the law of the sea within its domestic legal system.
    e. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the theory and practice of the law of the sea through a critical evaluation of primary materials and relevant scholarship in the field.

    Thinking Skills
  • Identify and articulate legal issues,
  • Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues,
  • Engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives,
  • Think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses,
  • Develop an ability to exercise a professional judgment.

    Research Skills
  • Demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.

    Communication and Collaboration
  • Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal audiences.

    Self Management
  • Learn and work independently.

    Globally Aware
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage critically and effectively in global and multicultural contexts across the discipline of the law of the sea.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


LAWS362 prior to 2010, ILAP630


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Faculty of Law Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 50%
Final Exam 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS364 Occurrences

  • LAWS364-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024