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Craig H. Allen
SMA 506
Seattle Campus

International Law of the Sea

Offered: jointly with LAW B 561.

Class description

This course explores the international legal regime governing uses of the ocean environment. Coverage includes an introduction to international law and legal process, maritime baselines and boundaries, vessel navigation rights and obligations on the high seas and in coastal waters, conservation and management of living and non-living resources, vessel source pollution and ocean dumping regimes, rights and obligations of marine scientific researchers and international dispute resolution procedures. Emphasis will be on the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and customary international law.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This class combines lectures by the instructor with in-class analysis and discussion of problems by students using the expert method.

Recommended preparation

Open to law students, School of Marine Affairs graduate students and to other graduate students by permission of the instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Final grades will be based on a comprehensive final examination, as adjusted for student preparation and participation as an "expert."


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Craig H. Allen
Date: 03/23/2011