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International Law in Focus Series - Session 1: Law of the Sea

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International Law in Focus Series - Session 1: Law of the Sea

Multilateral Diplomacy
Deadline: 19 Jan 2021
Web Based
26 Jan 2021 to 28 Jan 2021
To be confirmed
Duration of event:
3 Days
Programme Area:
Environment, Biodiversity, Environmental Governance and Law, Other (Environment), Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy, International Law, Law of the Sea
Specific Target Audience:
A few fellowships for participants form SIDS and LDCs are available, reducing the fee to 450 USD. To apply for the fellowship and reduced fee please provide UNITAR with a passport scan and a CV.
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UNITAR is delighted to start the new "International Law in Focus" workshop series that will explore cutting-edge legal topics.


The first topic to focus on will be the Law of the Sea as governed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Law of the Sea touches not only upon matters of state's responsibilities and ability to use the world's oceans, but also refers to important environmental matters and addresses questions of the use of marine natural resources. With major trading routes leading over the earth's oceans, the economic and business aspects are of keen interest to states and the private sector alike.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explain key actors and intruments of the International Law of the Sea;
  • Describe the historic development and current challenges of the Law of the Sea;
  • Outline the dispute settlement mechanisms available under Law of the Sea.

The first session of the International Law in Focus Series will focus on the Law of the Sea through a series of 3 workshops.

The core workshop times of the International Law in Focus Series are 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Geneva time. The respective e-workshops will be conducted via the platform Zoom and will be facilitated by an expert on the theme. The material presented in the workshop will be interactive and assignments will be given for participants to further advance their knowledge. At the end of the week participants will be asked to complete a knowledge assessment.

Participants successfully completing all e-workshops as well as the knowledge assessment will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

The International Law in Focus Series is aimed at students and professionals seeking a deeper understanding of international law and especially law of the sea.

Technical Requirements 

UNITAR will not provide refunds for customers who face technical issues beyond UNITAR's direct control. UNITAR recommends that all prospective participants test Zoom for free at prior to confirming their payment.  

Basic system requirements: 

Stable internet connection 
Speakers and a microphone  
A webcam or HD webcam  
Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card 

Please see further information about all technical requirements for participating in this e-workshop here: 

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