PSCI 323
Law and Politics of the Sea
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea gathered into one place what most countries considered in 1982 to be scattered ancient laws about piracy, transit through other countries’ territorial waters, jurisdiction over ships, and so forth. It also created ocean zones, with rules for each, and proposed a system for taxing firms that it licensed to exploit minerals on the high seas. This course explores the politics and practices that arise from UNCLOS. We first engage with the treaty’s content and exclusions, next examine the incentives it provides states and criminals, and last assess the way that geopolitical and climate change create new opportunities and constraints for states, firms, international organizations, and activists. Cases include piracy, claims in the South China Sea, bonded labor, refugee quarantine, Arctic transit, and ocean pollution.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 12
Class#: 1546
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 6-page papers, longer final paper, class participation including weekly posts
Prerequisites: PSCI 202 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political science majors, Marine Studies majors, seniors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: MAST Interdepartmental Electives
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