GMU, Ocean Law and Policy, Maritime Law, International Trade Law

Gujarat Maritime University (GMU) is an enterprise of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB), the state regulatory body for ports and maritime activities in Gujarat. The University was designed by visionaries to meet the growing need for skilled labor in the ever-changing dynamics of the maritime sector. The University began its academic journey from 2019 with the establishment of its first school – School of Maritime Law, Policy and Administration (SMLPA), which offers Master of Laws and Executive Degree programs in Maritime Law and Law international trade. The University also offers an MBA in shipping and logistics as part of its School of Maritime Management (SMM). Aiming to create an institution of global standards, GMU has collaborated with internationally renowned institutions such as Erasmus University, STC International, CBS Executive, ISWAN, and many more such alliances will be forged in the time to come. .

On GMU Academy on Ocean Law and Policy

Academy is a one-week course dedicated to matters relating to the law of the sea. The event will be offer an informative overview of the ocean governance regime and the current challenges the world faces in regulating the oceans and seas. It will consist of a series of online sessions led by experts on topics such as fisheries conservation, seabed mining, protection of submarine cables, protection of the Arctic marine ecosystem, and more. The Academy will bring together a prestigious faculty of Tribunal judges, professors and maritime professionals with a dedicated group of highly motivated participants from around the world.

Importance of the course

The Academy will contribute to the goals of expanding knowledge and having a positive impact on society. The event will contribute to a better understanding and dissemination of emerging challenges in the law of the sea and will motivate young scholars to do research focused on these contemporary challenges in ocean governance. It will provide a platform for scholars and professionals from our region to interact with some of the renowned experts in the Law of the Sea. The event would be ideal for students, researchers, scholars and professionals who wish to enhance their expertise in right of the sea.

Course objective:

· Provide an overview of the legal regime related to ocean governance.

· Raising awareness of the contemporary issues of ocean regulation.

Course results

Participants after completion of this course-

· will be able to understand the current legal regime for ocean governance.

· Be aware of current and emerging challenges in ocean governance.

· will be able to apply the knowledge acquired to provide solutions to contemporary problems of ocean governance.

Course content




Day 1

May 09, 2022

Session 1

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (IST)

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: a living instrument.

Mr Tomas Heidar,

Vice President,

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

He is also a member of the Special Chamber constituted to hear the Dispute relating to the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

Day 1

May 9, 2022

Session 2

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (IST)

Baselines under the Law of the Sea and State Practice

Dr. Manimuthu Gandhi,

Former Joint Secretary (Legal and Treaties Division) and Legal Adviser, Department of External Affairs.

He represented India and participated in all international law negotiations relating to agenda items of the VI, United Nations Committee

Day 2

May 10, 2022

Session 1

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (IST)

An assessment of the rights and duties of coastal states in adjacent waters

Adv. VM Syam Kumar

Maritime Lawyer, High Court of Kerala

He has appeared in many high-profile maritime disputes, including the Enrica Lexie shooting incident involving Italian Marines off the Indian coast. He has over 25 years of litigation experience.

Day 2

May 10, 2022

Session 2

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (IST)

Continental Shelf Identification and Exploitation Regime under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982

Dr. M. Sudhakar,

Former Director, Center for Marine Living Resources and Ecology,

Dr. Sudhakar is a seasoned oceanographer with 33 years of professional experience, has spent over 1500 days at sea aboard research vessels as the leader of Southern Ocean and Antarctic expeditions.