Maritime dispute settlement

LWM84

Maritime dispute settlement deals with both general and specific issues of the settlement of maritime disputes. The course primarily relates to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It analyses the various procedures of maritime dispute settlement, the provisions of UNCLOS and their application by international courts and tribunals. Where relevant, the course also refers to and analyses other international instruments.

Module A: General dispute settlement in international law

LWM84A

Deals with the fundamental concepts of peaceful settlement of international disputes. It analyses the various mechanisms available for the settlement of international disputes, as well as the sources of public international law.

  • Peaceful settlement of disputes
  • Standing before international courts and tribunals
  • Sources of public international law
  • Fragmentation of international law

Module B:Introduction to the law of the sea

LWM84B

Deals with the law of the sea in general, and discusses issues such as the principal functions of the law of the sea, the relationship between the law of the sea and international law in general, and the sources of the law of the sea.

  • General background to the law of the sea
  • Sources of the law of the sea
  • Principal functions of the law of the sea
  • The law of the sea in relation to general international law

Module C: Maritime dispute settlement procedures

LWM84C

Deals with settlement of dispute procedures of the law of the sea, such as voluntary proceedings, compulsory proceedings, and exceptions and limitations to compulsory proceedings.

  • Settlement of dispute procedures for the law of the sea
  • Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  • Procedures of international courts and tribunals
  • Law of the sea and proliferation of courts and tribunals

Module D: Dispute settlement in certain areas of the law of the sea

LWM84D

deals with dispute settlement in certain areas of the law of the sea, such as issues relating to maritime delimitation, marine resources, marine environmental protection, climate change and the law of the sea, and marine biodiversity.

  • Delimitation
  • Marine resources and marine biodiversity
  • Marine environmental protection
  • Analytical comparison of jurisprudence of courts and tribunals

Assessment

Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.

Sequence

The modules must be attempted in order.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, the modules must be attempted in order.)

Please note that modules of this course cannot be taken in conjunction with modules of course LWM34 International law of the sea.

These modules contribute towards the following specialisations:

  • Environmental and natural resources law
  • International dispute settlement
  • Maritime law
  • Public international law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Academic Co-ordinator

Agnes Rydberg

Agnes Rydberg

Agnes Rydberg has extensive experience in the law of the sea, the law of treaties and international environmental law. She is a PhD Candidate in classical international law and a teaching associate at Queen Mary University of London. Agnes also teaches specialist seminars on the law of treaties at the International Maritime Law Institute, established under the International Maritime Organization, and is the assistant editor of the QMUL SSRN Series. She has previously been involved in projects with UN Women and worked with the International Bar Association. Agnes is the co-author of multiple book chapters on the law of treaties.