Oceans and Law of the Sea

Capacity-building Links


As part of its continuing effort to promote understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, its wider acceptance, uniform and consistent application, and effective implementation, the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea undertakes educational and training programmes aimed at capacity-building at the national and regional levels, for the purpose of achieving these goals. The Division's educational activities are carried out primarily under the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial Fellowship Programme, and its training activities under the TRAIN-SEA-COAST Programme.  Below are links to the institutions that are associated with those two programmes.


Institutions associated with the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial Fellowship Programme

Subject areas mentioned are indicative, not exhaustive.

Note: This Site contains links and references to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the United Nations, and the United Nations is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The United Nations provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the United Nations.


Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Law of the sea, ocean policy, national security law

Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Marine and environmental law

Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.
Comparative law, socio-legal studies
Welcome to the Graduate Institute of International Studies Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
International law


Institute of International Studies, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

International and economic relations (Latin America), international law, natural resources law

Institute of Maritime Law, Faculty of Law, University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.  

Maritime law, pollution claims, maritime casualties, salvage

International Ocean and Coastal Law Programme, School of Law, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Public law, international law of the sea, international, foreign and domestic law relating to environmental protection and coastal zone management, private law, such as admiralty and marine insurance

Law and Marine Affairs Programme, School of Law, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Interdisciplinary aspects of law and policy issues relevant to ocean and coastal resources, marine trade and transportation, protection of the marine environment

Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K.
International law

Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
Global environmental change, biological diversity. marine protected areas, marine pollution, fisheries management; marine science and technology policy, marine biotechnology industries and management

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Public international law, law of international organizations, international legal relations

Utrecht University

Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Law of the sea, conservation, utilization and management of marine natural resources, developing countries perspective

Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Public Policy, Aegean Institute on the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Rhodes, Greece
Ocean law, principles of contemporary ocean law and policy, State practice
School of Law, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
International law

William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
International law, environmental law



Institutions associated with the TRAIN-SEA-COAST (TSC) Programme


TRAIN-SEA-COAST PROGRAMME - a cooperative training programme in the field of coastal and ocean management; Central Support Unit at the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) oversees the coordination and management of the TSC Network

Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM)
International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) - Makati Metro Manila, Philippines;  research organization devoted to improving the productivity, management and conservation of aquatic resources for the benefit of users and consumers in developing countries

Coastal Resources Institute (CORIN)
Prince of Songkhla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand

Database on Education and Training in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM), United Nations University
Information hub of capacity building programmes in place  in several countries and regions in the world


International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN)
Collaborative effort designed to reverse the decline of the world's coral reefs; supported by the United Nations Foundation (UNF)

 TRAIN-X Network, United Nations
TSC Training Development Guidelines (TDG) used  for the training of course developers throughout the network

University of Western Cape, Bellville, Republic of South Africa and University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Republic of South Africa 
Black Sea University, Bucharest, Romania

Fundação Universidade do Rio Grande, Rio Grande RS, Brazil


Marine Studies Programme, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Sophia Antipolis Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Droit des Activités Maritimes (CERDAM), Université de Nice, Nice, France

Institute of Geosciences, University of Kiel, Germany


Philippines Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD), Laguna, Philippines

CI Home

PROBIDES (Programa de Conservacion de la Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Sustentable de los Humedales del Este), Rocha - Uruguay

Cardiff University logo

Department of Maritime Studies and International Transport, University of Wales, College of Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom

center.gif (14530 bytes)

Graduate College of Marine Studies Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, University of Delaware, Delaware,  USA

  Law of the Sea Treaty Bodies ] United Nations Organization Links ] Other Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) Links ] IGO - Regional Fisheries Bodies Links ] National Governmental Agencies Links ] Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Links ] Academic Institution Links ] Links to Other Ocean-related Organizations ] [ Capacity-building Links ]


Prepared by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations.

Copyright © 2012 United Nations - Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations All Rights Reserved Worldwide

The use of this web site constitutes agreement with the terms and conditions of use of United Nations web sites.

United Nations Privacy Notice

Oceans and Law of the Sea Home Page

United Nations Home Page

Search Oceans and Law of the Sea site

Comments and suggestions?

Mail to DOALOS