International Law of the Sea
Rhedir gan School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
This module is an introduction to the international law of the sea, with particular focus on emerging regulatory problems at sea. Students will be introduced to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which has been described as a 'constitution for the oceans'. UNCLOS sets out various maritime zones, in which States have varying levels of sovereign rights or jurisdiction, and at the conclusion of the module students will be able to distinguish between these.
Students will also be introduced to contemporary marine regulatory issues, such as piracy, the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction by sea, whaling, marine pollution and climate change, and the salvage of historic wrecks like the RMS Titanic.
The International Law of the Sea module begins with a discussion each maritime zone as set out by UNCLOS (e.g. territorial sea, exclusive economic zone), before moving on to the substantive part of the module, examining contemporary, regulatory issues such as:
• Whaling • Environmental disasters and the protection of the marine environment • Underwater cultural heritage and the salvage of historic shipwrecks • Fisheries and illegal fishing practices • Climate change • Piracy • Proliferation of WMDs and arms at sea • Marine scientific research
D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.
Good: B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.
Excellent: A- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.
C- i C+
C- to C+ (50-59%) An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.
Describe, analyse and comment on the different maritime zones and understand the relationship between emerging regulatory issues and these zones.
Demonstrate awareness of key marine regulatory issues, including wider contextual issues and their relationship to other areas of law, e.g. environmental law or human rights law.
Effectively communicate relevant information on the international law of the sea in formative and summative assessments.
Undertake independent legal research in relation to the law of the sea and emerging regulatory issues.
Find, identify, use and evaluate sources of relevant legal accounts in relation to the law of the sea.
In a 48-hour take home exam, students must practically apply legal principles to two problem scenarios (word limit: 2,000 words). This is submitted via turnitin.
In this assignment, students step into the role of an advisor to a government or non-governmental organisation, where they are called upon to give advice on a contemporary or emerging law of the sea issue. Students write a brief 1,500 word policy paper in response.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
2x 2-hour lectures per week. Students will be expected to have prepared essential reading together with such written and other work as shall be required. Students will be required to actively contribute to class discussions and participate in practical activities. Further reading will be recommended after each class to progress and further the students’ knowledge and skills. Other forms of teaching exercises, such as team preparations, may be used from time to time.
Students will use private study time to prepare for classes and work on formative and summative assessments.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Develop the ability to interpret legal rules and employ techniques of legal reasoning competently and efficiently in order to offer a range of solutions and conclusions to actual or hypothetical complex legal problems, all supported by relevant academic literature, jurisprudence and legislative research. Such solutions will be clearly communicated and presented
- Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
- Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students are expected to have a copy of the key text.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-2142.html
The key text for this module is Y. Tanaka, The International Law of the Sea (3rd edn, Cambridge University Press). Readings for each class will be provided in the syllabus.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
- M100: LLB Law year 2 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (LLB/L1)
- M10P: LLB Law with Placement Year year 2 (LLB/LP)