Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW7068
    Sched. No.: 115210020

Oceans Law and Policy
Section 1
Moore, John N.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTW, 1300-1400 (WB105)
Capacity:44 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
Current Enrollment:14 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
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Course Description:

Senate consideration of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention this year, and the resulting national debate, has thrust the Law of the Sea into the national prominence. The course begins by examining the goals of oceans policy, outlining both community and U.S. interests; providing frameworks for analysis; then defining oceans claims and their political, economic, and strategic context. After a brief introduction to oceanography, the course moves into a detailed discussion of issues in international oceans law and policy, including the Law of the Sea and U.S. policy, the Third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea and the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, sources of current oceans law, navigation and communication, the economic zone, straddling stocks and highly migratory species, oil and gas of the continental margin, protection of the marine environment, marine scientific research, boundary disputes and dispute settlement, deep seabed mining, national security and international incidents including piracy and terrorism at sea, and polar policy. This section ends with an examination of several case studies on illegal oceans claims and strategies for their control including the Naval Freedom of Navigation (FON) program. In its final section, the course explores issues in national oceans policy, focusing on Merchant Marine development, continental shelf development, coastal zone management, and organization of the national oceans policy process and the future of oceans policy. The course typically invites one or more experts to meet with the class on contemporary issues such as piracy, the work of the Oceans Commission or Naval Rules of Engagement. The course will also explore in some detail the national debate about senate advice and consent to the 1982 Convention. This course has been revised and updated in the spring of 2008, including all new course materials. It should be of interest not only for those interested in Oceans Law and Policy but also for international lawyers interested in a case study of the origins and development of one of the most important treaties in the world today.