Marine Resource & Environmental Law

This module introduces the main lines of the law of the sea and marine resources at French, European and international levels. It provides an understanding of how the different actors can combine their actions at sea, and what can and cannot be done in relation to marine resources.

MARCEL | #Law | 4 ECTS

Semester 1 (Fall)


Learning outcomes

  • understand the french, European and international ocean governance and the different texts constituting the law of the sea (Montego Bay 1982, CDB 1992, Unesco 2001, BBNJ...).
  • appraise the implication of the legislation toward blue growth related challenges (Coastal Zone Management, Protected Areas, Bioprospecting, Use of wild marine organisms in labs)
  • understanding the French regulatory framework, the organisation of the different actors at sea, and the national application of European directives


  • The maritime zones under international law of the sea
  • The principles of the (international) environmental law
  • Protection of marine environment
  • Legal frameworks for the conservation of marine living resources
  • Prospecting, exploration and exploitation of marine (living and mineral) resources
  • Focus: The system of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean
  • Focus: Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)



  • Jean-Christophe MARTIN (LADIE, Université Côte d'Azur), module coordinator
  • Frédéric Villers (Office Français de la Biodiversité)


  • Written examination (final)
  • Oral presentations
  • Project
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