Law of the Sea and Marine Biodiversity

The course addresses problems concerning the conservation and sustainable use of living marine resources and the protection and preservation of the marine environment and marine biodiversity.


These issues are introduced in JUR-3050 General Law of the Sea, but are examined more in-depth in this course.

The course covers the following topics:

  • The concept of sustainable development and principles under international environmental law defining the obligations for states to exploit the resources sustainably and to protect the marine environment;
  • The obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) on the protection and preservation of the marine environment, including regional protection of the marine environment exemplified through the OSPAR Convention for the Northeast Atlantic Ocean;
  • International law on the protection and preservation of marine biodiversity and the implications for traditional uses under the law of the sea (e.g. marine protected areas, ecosystem-based oceans management and marine spatial planning)
  • Rights and obligations under law of the sea and international environmental law relating to the conservation of marine living resources (e.g. on marine mammals and introduction of invasive alien species);
  • Trade-related measures to protect and preserve the marine environment and marine biodiversity and their consistency under international trade law (including World Trade Organization (WTO) instruments and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUiT The Arctic University of Norway
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits15.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyLaw (broad programmes)
Teaching placeTromsø
Tagsenvironmentsustainabilitylawconservationpreservationmarine environment
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