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Courses will be held Monday through Friday mornings at the Sheraton Hotel. Each course will have 13 meetings for 55 minutes. Exams will be held on Thursday, June 12 during the regularly scheduled course time. Exams will be one hour, anonymously graded, written examinations, subject to the provisions imposed by the Tulane University Law School Honor Code. Students should not plan to depart from Rhodes until the afternoon of June 12 as exams cannot be rescheduled. Students may earn a maximum of four credit hours in the three week session. The Sheraton facilities are accessible to students with disabilities. All courses will be taught in English.

Course Descriptions

IMO’s “Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans” Program, Prof. Balkin (one credit)

This course is intended to explain what IMO is, what it does, how it relates to the UN in general and particularly, in this connection, the interrelationship between IMO and the Law of the Sea Convention, DOALOS, and other UN specialized agencies, including ILO, FAO, ICAO et cetera, where their responsibilities might overlap with those of IMO. The course will also cover the treaty-making activities of the Organization, including an outline of the main treaties, by subject matter (safety, security-including piracy, marine environmental treaties and liability and compensation regimes). There will also be a session on how treaties are made.

International Conventions and Maritime Law, Prof. Davies (one credit)

There are many international conventions (multilateral treaties) that govern aspects of maritime law. As a consequence, there is considerable international uniformity of the principles governing maritime law disputes. However, some conventions are amended by subsequent protocols, which are not uniformly adopted by the countries that adopted the original conventions. The United States is party to some, but not all of the international conventions, having chosen to follow its own path with domestic legislation on such matters as oil pollution and limitation of liability. Differences between versions of international conventions create the possibility of forum shopping by claimants or defendants seeking the most favorable country for their dispute to be heard. This course will consider the most important international conventions on maritime law (in outline), the differences (where they exist) between U.S. domestic maritime law and the international conventions, and some of the forum shopping techniques commonly used.

Maritime Personal Injury, Prof. deGravelles (one credit)

Comparative analysis of laws governing maritime torts with emphasis on seamen's remedies for personal injuries and death. The course covers the three main seamen's remedies: maintenance and cure, unseaworthiness and the Jones Act. In addition, attention is given to the tort remedies of those covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act as well as the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and of non-workers. Maritime jurisdiction, conflicts of laws and the rights of foreign seamen in American courts are also addressed.

Maritime Arbitration, Prof. Dodson (one credit)

The arbitration of maritime disputes is one of the earliest examples of a formal arbitration process that is widely used throughout the world today. This course will first review leading United States Supreme Court decisions that establish the basic rules governing arbitrations and then it will address the topics of Arbitration Agreement: Parties and Scope; Enforcement and Waiver; Enforcement of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; Arrest, Attachment and Jurisdictional Issues; Consolidation, Discovery and Interest; The Arbitrator; Challenges to the Award; Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel. There will also be a discussion of the New York Arbitration Convention. References will be made to the rules of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators and to London Arbitration

Introduction to the Law of the Sea, Prof. Handl (one credit)

This course reviews the public order of the oceans, i.e., the basic principles of international law, both customary and treaty-based, that apply to maritime spaces, such as the high seas, continental shelf, seabed and ocean floor. It analyzes the allocation of jurisdictional powers among individual states and the international community at large over the various maritime zones involved; the use and management of ocean resources, including fisheries and seabed mineral resources; marine environmental protection and pollution control; military uses of the oceans and navigational safety.

The Changing Arctic: A New Challenge to the Law of the Sea, Prof. Koivurova*

Climate change is being experienced twice as intensely in the Arctic compared to the rest of the world, rendering the Arctic Ocean most likely ice-free by 2030-2040 during the summer months. This transformation entails enormous challenges for the states of the region given that a new ocean is about to emerge posing new policy issues that require proactive legal responses. Apart from navigation, hydrocarbon exploitation and mining and related environmental issues, this course also reviews Arctic maritime boundary disputes, including, in particular, overlapping national claims to extended continental shelf areas, such as in the Lomonosov ridge which runs through the North Pole.

The International Regime of Underwater Cultural Heritage, Prof. Scovazzi (one credit)*

This course traces the evolution of the legal regime governing underwater cultural heritage from the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. Although the UNESCO Convention attempts to close gaps left by UNCLOS which -- at least in light of the English text of Art. 303 of UNCLOS -- might be interpreted as an invitation to the looting of such heritage, it has yet to achieve universal acceptance, unfortunately.

Vessel Documentation and Finance, Prof. Kling (one credit)

Students in this course work with materials concerning the documentation and financing of vessels. A knowledge of maritime law, commercial law and security rights is recommended. The course is a practical course, with emphasis on citizenship issues, documentation mechanics and debt financing by vessel owners and operators.

The Language and Culture of Greece, Mrs. Kozyris (non-credit)

An introduction to the spoken language, culture and geography of Greece.

*Prof. Scovazzi and Prof. Koivurova’s courses are two segments of a single, one-credit course being taught sequentially. To qualify for the credit students must attend both segments.  

8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. LGRC-4650-01 Intro to Law of the Sea(1)
LGRC-5200-01 Vessel Documentation and Finance(1)
9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. LGRC-4580-01 Maritime Personal Injury (1)
10:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m. LGRC-4330-01 Int’l Conventions & Maritime Law(1)
11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. LGRC-4510-01 Maritime Arbitration(1)
LGRC-4720-01 The International Regime of Underwater Cultural Heritage
& The Changing Arctic: A New Challenge to the Law of the Sea (1)
12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. LGRC-4640-01 IMO’s “Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans” Program(1)
6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. LGRC-4270-01 The Language and Culture of Greece (0)

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Course Materials

Prior to departure for Rhodes, students will be provided with a free electronic version of all materials used in the courses. If students prefer printed copies from which to study, they are encouraged to print materials before leaving the United States and bring them (or mail them) to the hotel in Rhodes. Printed copies will NOT be available upon arrival in Rhodes.

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