28 maio 2021

International Law of the Sea Summer Academy 2021

Ashilan Erbas Acikel

Virginie Tassin Campanella

The International Law of the Sea Summer Academy, which started its activities under the aegis of Kadir Has University, in Istanbul, Turkey, aims to provide education in fundamental areas of the Law of the Sea, by bringing together judges from international tribunals, academics and practitioners specialized in International Law. It also aims to promote consciousness and knowledge regarding current issues related to the Law of the Sea through the provision of lectures on specific topics, alongside lectures related to fundamental topics.

Recent developments in the Law of the Sea reveal that the lines between Maritime Law and the Law of the Sea are gradually disappearing. As a result, the Program strives to determine the common threads of both disciplines and underline the areas of common developments.

The central theme of this year is “Peaceful Uses and Protection of the Seas“. The first week of the two-week course will focus on maritime areas. In this context, classes will cover the legal regime of internal waters, port and port state control, territorial waters, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, the seabed area as a common heritage of the mankind, fisheries, high seas, piracy, limitation of the maritime zones and legal regime of the landlocked countries. In the second week, lectures will be delivered on the protection of the marine environment and biodiversity, IMO sulfur emission regulations with effect from January 1, 2020, The Barcelona convention, dispute resolution process in the Law of the Sea and the jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

All courses are in English. 

The Program will last two weeks and take place online between June 28 and July 9, 2021. The participation fee is 200 Euros. 

Lectures will be delivered by the “most highly qualified publicists”. The experts and judges who have so far confirmed their participation are as follows:

Victor Chacon: Doctor, National University of Singapore

Robin Churchill: Professor, University of Dundee

Tara Maria Davenport: Doctor, National University of Singapore

Çağatay Erciyes: Ambassador, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Eric Franckx : Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

James Harrison: Professor, Edinburgh School of Law

Tomas Heidar: Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

José Luis Jesus: Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

Maurice Kamga: Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

Hakan Karan : Professor, Ankara University National Center for the Sea and Maritime Law (DEHUKAM)

Max Mejia: Professor, World Maritime University

Alexandros Ntovas: Doctor, University of Southampton

Nilüfer Oral: Professor, National University of Singapore

Bayram Öztürk : Professor, Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV)

Louis Savadogo: Doctor – Legal Officer, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

Tulio Scovazzi : Professor, University of Milano-Bicocca

Suzette V. Suarez: Professor, Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences

Virginie Tassin Campanella: Attorney-at-Law & Doctor, VTA Tassin Law Firm

Helmut Turk: Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

Jonkoo Yoo: Professor, Ministry of Korean Foreign Affairs

You may find all other information and application link on

We are looking forward to seeing you at the International Law of the Sea Summer Academy and wish you the best of success.


Ashilan Erbas Acikel is Professor at Kadir Has University. 

Virginie Tassin Campanella is Attorney-at-Law and Doctor at VTA Law Firm, and member of the International Advisory Board of the Brazilian Institute for the Law of the Sea (BILOS).

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