The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea gathered into one place what most countries considered in 1982 to be scattered customary international law about piracy, transit through other countries’ territorial waters, jurisdiction over ships, and so forth. It also proposed a system for taxing firms that it licensed to exploit minerals on the high seas. This course explores the politics that arise from UNCLOS, first by engaging with the treaty’s content (and exclusions), second by examining the incentives it provides states and criminals, and third by assessing the way that geopolitical and environmental change create new opportunities and constraints for states, firms, international organizations, and activists.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three 6-page papers, longer final paper, class participation including weekly posts
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PSCI 202 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors, seniors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: MAST Interdepartmental Electives; PSCI International Relations Courses