Law of the Sea Summer Academy

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General information

International foundation for the law of the Sea (IFLOS) Summer Academy

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea was established to promote the opportunities provided by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for the peaceful settlement of law of the sea disputes and the further implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. One of the Foundation's main aims is to promote learning and research in the field of international law of the sea at a global level, in particular for nationals of developing countries.

With this in mind, the Foundation established an annual Summer Academy at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg. The Summer Academy is a centre of excellence for studies of both international law of the sea and maritime law and includes related topics of economic and natural sciences. The IFLOS Summer Academy offers a unique series of lectures and workshops on both Law of the Sea and Maritime Law in a demanding four weeks course in Hamburg.

The Summer Academy offers two modules of two weeks, the first focussing on International Law of the Sea and the second on Maritime Law from an international perspective, interspersed by lectures from other scientific areas connected to the maritime environment. Abstracts, Readers, Presentations and other material will be made available online in a password protected area of this website; participants need to register online to access the material and join our Alumni network. You can see the latest version of the Schedule here.

Week 1. Development of the UNCLOS Regime – Dispute Settlement – Procedure and Case Law of the Tribunal – Maritime Zones – Offshore Resources – Maritime Limits and Boundaries.

Week 2. Freedom of Navigation and Shipping –Fisheries – Outer Continental Shelf – Maritime Environmental Protection – New Uses of the Ocean.

Week 3. Shipping Industry – Maritime Law Overview – Carriage of Goods by Sea – Arrest of Ships, Salvage and Towing – Marine Insurance – Oil Pollution – Limitation of Liability.

Week 4. Ship Building – Classification Societies – Vessel Financing – Moot Court Tournament.

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The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: International Foundation for the Law of the Sea
Hamburg, Germany



The course is designed for highly qualified graduates, diplomats, civil servants and advocates. Applicants are expected to be in possession of a Master's degree (LL.M. or equivalent) and to have an advanced knowledge of public international law, Law of the Sea or Maritime Law. Exceptions may be granted to Bachelors (LL.B.or equivalent) with either a Master course in progress or professional tasks related to the curriculum of the Summer Academy. In general, applicants should not be older than 40 years of age.

Participants must have a good command of English and should also be conversant in French.

Application Procedure:

Please download the Application Form (MS Word file) and enter the required information. Upon completion, send it together with a passport size photo (jpg. format) as email attachments to You will need to wait for the Foundation's confirmation of receipt, in order to procced with the application. 

Aftrer the confirmation, print the completed form and sign it. Collect the required documents - copies of university degrees, English language certificate (e.g. TOEFL) or other proof of English language skills (unless native language or graduation from an English speaking academic program), 2 recent letters of reference (for the purpose of the Summer Academy and passport photo - and send everything by mail to: 

International Foundation for the Law of the Sea
Villa Schröder, Am Internationalen Seegerichtshof 1
D-22609 Hamburg, Germany

Your documents need to arrive at our offices. If you miss the deadline, your application will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee.

Grant Opportunities:

Subject to availability of supporters, the Foundation will award a limited number of scholarships, covering the Course Fees. The Foundation might also grant financial support for international travel to and from Hamburg. Such Travel Grants are very rare and strictly reserved for participants from developing countries, as defined in the OECD list.


Upon completion of the course, Participants will receive a certificate issued by the Foundation.


Academic level: Lifelong Learning


There will be no formal exams. However, the award of a certificate requires full attendance of the program and either participation in the Moot Court Tournament or the composition of a course diary.

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