2020 SAIL


Prof. Nilüfer Oral

Professor, National University of Singapor

Nilüfer Oral is a Director of the Centre of International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore and is a member of the law faculty at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. She is member of the UN International Law Commission and Co-chair of the Study Group on Sea-level Rise in relation to International Law.

She has advised the Turkish Foreign Ministry on matters related to the law of the sea. She served as climate change negotiator for the Turkish Ministry (2009 – 2016).  She has also appeared before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.  Nilufer Oral is a Distinguished Fellow of the Law of the Sea Institute at Berkeley Law (University of California Law Berkeley); Senior Fellow of the National University of Singapore Law School; and Honorary Research Fellow at University of Dundee. Dr. Oral is the series editor for the International Straits of the World publications (Brill); member of the Board of Editors of the European Society of International Law Series;  Board of Editors of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law; Associate Editor of the Research Perspectives in the Law of the Sea (Brill); and International Advisory Board, Chinese Journal of Environmental Law (Brill) She has published numerous articles, edited several books, and has spoken at many international conferences.

The Law of the Sea

The course will provide an overview of some of the key parts of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

(1) Brief overview of the history of the law of the sea leading to the negotiations of the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention

(2) Overview of the different navigation regimes under the Convention (territorial sea, EEZ and high seas)

(3) Overview of the regime of straits used in international law

(4) Overview of the different maritime zones and entitlements, including baselines and maritime delimitation

(5) Overview of Part VIII on the regime of islands

(6) Overview of Part XII on the protection and preservation of the marine environment

(7) Overview of Part XV on compulsory dispute settlement

(8) Discussion on new issues (a new international binding instrument for conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity beyond national jurisdiction; climate change)