Oceans Law and Policy

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

High profile disputes in the South China Sea impacting international security, international trade, and resource jurisdiction has thrust the Law of the Sea into international prominence. The course begins by examining the goals of oceans policy, outlining both community and U.S. interests; 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, oil and gas of the continental margin, protection of the marine environment, boundary disputes and dispute settlement, deep seabed mining, and national security. This section ends with an examination of several case studies on illegal oceans claims and strategies for their control. In its final section, the course explores issues in national oceans policy, focusing on continental shelf development, coastal zone management, and the future of oceans policy. The course typically invites one or more experts to meet with the class on contemporary issues. The course will also explore in some detail the national debate about senate advice and consent to the 1982 Convention. 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.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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