This summer, Utrecht University offers three Summer Schools on international law. Everyone is welcome to register for these Summer Schools. They are coordinated by Otto Spijkers. For more information you can also contact him (
Introduction to Public International Law
The Public International Law course will look at the role of international law in responding to today’s global challenges. Together, we will examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, international dispute settlement, questions of jurisdiction and immunities, as well as international security law, and the functioning of international organisations, in particular the United Nations.

Introduction to the International Law of the Sea
Oceans are essential for maintaining life on earth. Their resources are increasingly important to the world economy; 90% of international trade is seaborne. The current regime for the oceans is built on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (LOSC). This framework convention divides the oceans in coastal state maritime zones and international areas. In all these areas the legal regime seeks to maintain a balance between the rights, interests and obligations of individual states and the international community’s interests. In this course, an intro is provided to the law that regulates the oceans.

Law and Sustainability
Students will learn how issues of sustainability are dealt with in the legal order at the international, national and EU levels. The summer school will address how the law can buttress sustainability but also how it can create obstacles to the realisation of sustainability objectives. Issues to be addressed may include: introduction to environment and climate change law; the legal nature and content of the Sustainable Development Goals; human rights based approach to environmental issues (e.g. human right to water); sustainable use of natural resources, such as freshwater, the oceans, the atmosphere; and the economic dimensions and opportunities of sustainability.


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