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Module SXL-3142:
International Law of the Sea

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Hayley Roberts

Overall aims and purpose

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.

Course content

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 • Piracy • Proliferation of WMDs and arms at sea • Marine scientific research

Assessment Criteria

excellent

A*:- A truly exceptional answer, which demonstrates complete mastery of the subject matter and also makes a substantial original contribution of a high standard which advances the understanding of the subject. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an excellent comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are perfectly presented in the answer, and the answer is perfectly constructed and grammatically perfect in English/Welsh. In the case of a dissertation or assignment, the answer would be suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

A+:- An exceptional answer, demonstrating complete mastery of the subject matter with no room for improvement whatsoever. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an excellent comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are perfectly presented in the answer, and the answer is perfectly constructed and grammatically perfect in English/Welsh.

A:- An outstanding answer, demonstrating mastery of the subject matter with extremely little room for improvement. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with practically no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an in-depth comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are presented in near perfect form in the answer, and the answer is extremely well constructed and grammatically excellent in English/Welsh.

threshold

C:- 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.

D:- An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.

E, F:- An answer in which the level of error is such that the answer becomes substantially unreliable as a presentation of the subject, there remaining, however, a significant amount of correct material.

F1-F3:- A completely unreliable answer in which the amount of correct material, if any, is insignificant compared to the predominance of error.

good

A-:- An outstanding answer, demonstrating mastery of the subject matter with very little room for improvement . The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with no or very little errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence some comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are extremely well presented in the answer, and the answer is very well constructed and grammatically excellent in English/Welsh.

B:- A comprehensive answer, containing all or most of the material relevant to the question with no or very little irrelevancy, all the material and references being predominantly accurate and correct, with no or very little 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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Accurately describe, critically analyse and comment on and evaluate the different maritime zones, and be able to determine how each zone impacts on regulatory issues.

  2. Accurately describe, critically analyse, comment on, and evaluate emerging regulatory issues in relation to the law of the sea.

  3. Find, identify, use and evaluate sources of relevant legal accounts in relation to the law of the sea.

  4. Be aware of wider contextual issues in relation to the operation of the law of the sea, including maritime law, public international law, and environmental law.

  5. Effectively communicate the relevant information in 3 & 4, both orally in seminars and in writing in formative and summative assessments.

  6. Undertake independent legal research in relation to the law of the sea and emerging regulatory issues.

  7. Analyse, evaluate and apply the information found in 6.

  8. Present reasoned legal argument in relation to the law of the sea and emerging regulatory issues.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Essay 40
EXAM Exam 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 156
Seminar

The module will be taught by blended learning methods. For the timetabled seminars, 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 seminar discussions and participate in practical activities. Further reading will be recommended after each seminar 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.

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Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • 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

Resources

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