Law of the Sea

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Law of the Sea

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, Economics, European Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the law of the sea from an international, European and national perspective. Topics covered include: codification of international law; the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (1982); Irish state practice (particularly the Maritime Jurisdiction Act (1959); baselines; the maritime jurisdiction zones -internal waters, territorial sea, contiguous zone, 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ)/fishery zone, continental self,
    high seas and deep seabed; straits; delimitation of maritime zones. Particular reference is made to recent development in European law regarding marine resource use and environmental protection. Additional addressed include: marine scientific
    research; use of the seas for military purposes; the protection of sensitive marine habitats; underwater cultural heritage; and the settlement of disputes. The treatment of the subject may entail a number of case studies examining contemporary issues such as: the transport of migrant workers by sea; the Mox Plant case; and recent developments in international law
    concerning whaling.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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