Law of the sea is an important area of international law. International law of the sea regulates competing interests arising from different uses of the sea, such as navigation, fishing, exploration and exploitation of living and non-living marine resources.
The topic will discuss the legal status of different maritime zones, such as territorial sea, straits, the continental shelf, the exclusive economic zone, the high seas and the international sea-bed area.
Students will be introduced to international law principles relating to navigation, international law of fisheries, marine scientific research, military use of the sea, and exploration for and exploitation of offshore energy resources, including deep-sea mining.
The topic examines the prevention of marine pollution and the protection of the marine environment, including the implications of potential carbon sequestration, and maritime boundaries disputes.
The topic also examines the implementation of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention in Australia, and federal-state issues relating to the use of the sea and its resources.