Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015


Topics include: UNCLOS III - history of negotiation; regime implementation; maritime boundaries; territorial demarcation - exclusive economic zones (EEZ); living marine resource management - fisheries; straddling stocks; environmental protection - point-source pollution; non-living marine resource management - oil and gas; off-shore drilling; artificial islands and installations; the Deep Sea Bed Authority; international dispute settlement; International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have developed:

  1. a coherent, critical and historically informed understanding of current international law principles and rules for management of marine resources
  2. a well developed ability to use these principles and rules in simulated situations of interstate claims, conflict and dispute settlement
  3. a well developed understanding of the political, economic, cultural and other contexts for rule evolution and current use
  4. a well developed understanding of the strategic implications of this aspect of international law for Australia
  5. a broad understanding of the role and use of diplomatic conferences in the progressive development of the international law of the sea
  6. a broad understanding of trajectories for further evolution of these principles and rules.


Individually assessed report relating to research undertaken for negotiations (500 words) 10%; group assessment exercise - simulation adversarial team negotiations - bilateral fisheries and offshore petroleum access agreements/treaties: 30%; research assignment testing ability to apply Law of the Sea doctrine to practical situations and problems (3000 words): 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104