Maritime Boundary Delimitations

Short Description/Aims

The objective of the course is to give a broad overview of the law on maritime boundary delimitations, such as the cardinal principles applicable to the law on maritime boundary delimitation, the principal relevant circumstances, and the role of international court and tribunals in the development of the law on maritime boundary delimitations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

•                Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main principles of Law of the Sea and its sources

•                Understand the legal framework provided by UNCLOS regarding the maritime zones

•                Examine the relevant provisions on baselines and its importance

•                Understand the concept of equitable division of maritime spaces

•                Discuss dispute resolution scenarios among coastal States including their causes and consequences

•                Understand the role of international courts and jurisdictions on the development of maritime boundary delimitation law

Course Outline

•                Main principles of the Law of the Sea

•                Main features of LOSC

•                Maritime Zones under UNCLOS

•                Baselines and related issues

•                Methods applicable to maritime boundary delimitations

•                Dispute settlement mechanisms

•                The role of the jurisprudence

Teaching & Learning Methods

Lectures,  Discussions and Practical Exercises

Additional Information

Syllabus Content

● Overview, role and sources of law

● Maritime zones: their characteristics, extent and applicable legal regimes

Internal waters - Territorial sea - Archipelagic waters - Straits used for international navigation - Contiguous zone - Exclusive economic zone - Continental shelf - High seas - The “Area”

● Maritime boundary delimitation

● Dispute settlement under UNCLOS

● Other law of the sea issues

Course length

5 days

Mode of Delivery



María Carolina Romero Lares

Dr. Romero received a Law degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1995. She initiated her career as a lawyer working for the firm Rodríguez & Mendoza, Abogados and later at the Legal Department of Banco de Venezuela (Bank of Venezuela) in Caracas. She obtained a LL.M. degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, in the U.S. and she continued her education in Germany, where she finished her Ph.D. at Hannover Universität  with honors (cum laude).