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Special Topics in Environmental Policy and Culture (390-0-21)


Ocean Law and Policy


William Charles Geoffrey Burns
1808 Chicago Avenue
Office Hours: call or email

Meeting Info

Harris Hall L28: Mon, Wed 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

The world's oceans, encompassing 70% of the world's area and 90% of its volume, are essential to life on Earth. However, they are increasingly imperiled by an array of anthropogenic stressors, including pollution, overexploitation of natural and non-living resources, and climate change. This class will focus on both the threats posed to ocean ecosystems, including impacts on marine living resources. The focus of the course will be on the role of international law, including treaties and customary international law, in addressing threats to the world's oceans. A large portion of the course will focus on the provisions of the so-called "constitution for the oceans," the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.