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International Law of the Sea

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits:

Professor Virzo is an Italian law professor whose course here last year was so well received he was invited back to teach again. This course is meant to provide a survey of international law of the sea. It will focus on the legal regime established by both customary international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It will cover the legal regime of: internal waters; territorial Sea; international straits and archipelagos; contiguous zone; exclusive economic zone; continental shelf; high seas and the international seabed area. Due attention will be also paid to the management and conservation of living resources (including fisheries), the protection and preservation of marine environment and the settlement of law of the sea disputes. The course aims also to inquire whether, 17 years later the entry into force of UNCLOS, the international law of the sea is changing to take into more and appropriate consideration the new challenges to oceans (i.e. piracy in territorial sea of Somalia and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill case).