GNLU’s International Maritime Law Academy 2016 [March 6-12]: Register by Feb 20

GNLU Center for Public International Law, is Organizing ‘GNLU International Maritime Academy 2016’ under the theme of maritime developments, blue economy and the ocean governance.

The Academy shall provide reinforcement of knowledge, understanding and proficiency of Maritime Law required to perform the responsibilities assigned to the senior officials, policy makers and shipping executives.

The fluidity and complexity of the nature of maritime issues and interdisciplinary response to maritime security officers require a deep understanding of the law of the sea, maritime law, policies and regulations.

Modern ship-owners and operators, and vessel officers are subjected to increasingly detailed and rigorously enforced environmental, security, safety, and political (embargo/sanctions) regulations and requirements. The consequences of non-compliances can be catastrophic.

Blue Economy and the Oceans Governance hold key to achievement of millennium development goals as well as sustainable development goals. While the oceans governance is largely regulated by the law of the sea regime, specifically, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, blue economy covers areas beyond and within the oceans governance.

The missions and works of several governments and international organizations – United Nations and its Specialised Agencies, International Seabed Authority, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Indian Ocean Rim Association, AALCO bear direct significance to the issues and challenges posed by the twin concept of blue economy and the oceans governance.

While several maritime OECD states have taken a lead and have blue print before them, developing coastal states of Africa, Asia and the Pacific are in need and finding extremely important to fully realise the benefits of the ocean space for their population.

Laws, policy, practices, issues and challenges differ from state to state, like any other international legal regime.

Aim: To equip participants with theoretical and practical legal, operational strategic issues enabling them to render efficient and effective research, advisory, policy and operational assistance to authorities of navy and maritime forces, agencies, institutions, industry, law firms and students.


1. To provide knowledge on contemporary and advance issues and practices of the law of the sea and maritime laws in an intensive manner;

2. To discuss, analyse and forecast the state practice on the law of the sea and maritime laws and future operational challenges and issues at officer’s level; and

3. To acquire understanding on the issues and challenges on the law of the sea and maritime laws in major seafaring nations.

Course outline:

1. Maritime Interest, Doctrine and Strategy

2. Law of the Sea

3. Laws of Naval Warfare

4. Ship, Port and Coastal Security

5. Maritime Security and Crimes

6. Blue Economy and Oceans Governance

Duration: Sunday 6th March to Saturday 12th March 2016.

Methodology: Lectures (including video lectures), Workshops, Seminar and Documentary, Presentation by Participant/Participants. Each candidate will be required to undertake 500 pages additional self-study in advance prior to commencement of the course.

Faculty: Faculty will consist of experts, professors, senior navy and maritime officers, international law jurists, scholars, judges and Arbitrators, law of the sea experts, policy-makers drawn from USA, EU, China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Kenya, Brazil, South Africa, Liberia, India among others.

Reference material: Each candidate will be provided with reading material consisting of essential laws, research articles, reports and case-law abstracts and a book on law of the sea and maritime laws. GNLU will also circulate study material in advance prior to commencement of the course.

Fees: Participation Fees: USD 150 / INR 10,000 (including registration, boarding and lodging, study material, cultural/local visits, evaluation, complimentary use of Library online legal databases like West Law, Manupatra, Jstor, Heinonline, Cambridge University Publication E-Books, Oxford University Publication E-Books, Oxford University Publication E-Reference Books World Bank E-books, and the legal database software of AIR, GLH and GLR.

Batch-size: 40-50 participants


1. Serving officers dealing with law of the sea and maritime matters,

2. Security, government and private intelligence agencies/companies,

3. Lawyers and law firms, specializing in law of the sea and maritime laws,

4. Governmental officers and staff,

5. Researchers and students.

Last date of registration: 20th February 2016.

Contact us:

Mr Sushil Goswami, Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Registrar

Mr Chhote Lal Yadav, Teaching and Research Associate

Gujarat National Law University, Attalika Avenue, Koba

Gandhinagar – 382007, (Gujarat) INDIA

Email: [email protected] Ph. (91) 8511188723 , 8128650813

Module Description and Registration details can be viewed HERE.

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