Law of the Sea

CMM17 Elective 2 ECTS
Period W16 - W17 21.03.16 - 25.03.16
Instructor Birgir Hrafn Búason


The course provides introduction to the applicable legal framework of basic aspects of the law of the sea. It emphasizes introducing the framework of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC), especially considering delimitation of ocean areas, and on explaining the most important rights and duties of coastal states and other states in those areas.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • be able to distinguish between true and false statements regarding how ocean- and ocean floor areas of different kinds are being delimited according to the law of the sea.
  • be able to identify the rights and duties of coastal states and other states in different ocean- and ocean floor areas.
  • be able to identify the basic aspects of 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC), especially its provisions on the utilization of marine resources, navigation and other relevant topics.


Exam (100%) at the end of the seminar.


Birgir Hrafn Búason, Legal Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

2012      Diploma, Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy
2010      Magister Juris, University of Iceland.
2008      B. A. in Law, University of Iceland.

Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.