The initiative for the M.Phil. programme stems from the increasing threats to the oceans by a number of human activities and the lack of proper governance of the waters within and beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. Issues of regulation and governance as well as fragmented international regimes add another layer of complexity. Ocean governance is ever-changing and it is critical to establish safe and sustainable ocean governance for the 21st century and beyond, as called for in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
During the first year of the M.Phil. programme, students will attend ocean policy courses offered at WMU with a particular focus on sustainability, governance and management. The second year of studies will be completed at IMLI with courses focusing on international maritime law, including law of the sea, shipping law, marine environmental law, and maritime security law. Completion of the programme will require a successful dissertation on a suitable topic, reflecting the needs of students’ home countries.