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International Regulation of the Global Commons
Last Updated Date:   7 June 2022


5 Credits,  Semester 2

Course Description:
The global commons include the high seas, the deep seabed, outer space, and Antarctica. Each of these areas is governed by international treaty regimes that were developed specifically for that area after the establishment of the United Nations. We will examine the history of each of the regimes to determine how they were negotiated, the extent to which they prohibit national claims, regulate national activities, and reserve the areas for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of humankind. We will also examine how the legal regimes are adapting to modern challenges such as the increased role private companies, the quest for mineral resources, the increasing tensions between superpowers, the increase in tourism in outer space and the polar regions, and the need to protect the environment and address the impact of climate change. We will also compare the legal regime governing Antarctica, an ice-covered land mass surrounded by oceans, to the legal regime governing the Arctic, an ice-covered ocean surrounded by land.

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Course Convenor: Emeritus Prof RC Beckman

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4343V / LL5343V / LL6343V / LLJ5343V

Contact Hours: 3hr weekly seminar

Workload: 3 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20%; Written Assignment - 20% [Due: Mon, 27 Feb 2023 (9am)]; 4Hr Take Home Exam - 60% [Release: Mon, 17 April 2023 (9am); Due: Mon, 17 April 2023 (1pm)]

Preclusions: LL4343/LL5343/LL6343 International Regulation of the Global Commons

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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