Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law

Maritime Operations Law

Resources: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,
Sanremo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflict at Sea,

Understanding the legal environment applicable to maritime operations is fundamental to the effective planning and conduct of operations.

The APCML Maritime Operations Law Course provides an introduction to the law of the sea, maritime law enforcement issues, the law of naval warfare and the application of rules of engagement to maritime operations. It aims to develop a sound understanding of key international law principles that govern maritime operations and produce an appreciation of how to apply those principles in a military and naval context.

The course is conducted over five days at Victoria Barracks in Sydney, Australia. The program is structured around a series of core learning modules taught by highly qualified instructors, and complimented by syndicate exercises and examination of case studies designed to illuminate and consolidate the issues raised during instructors’ presentations. The core learning modules include: Introduction to Law of the Sea; Maritime Zones; Use of Force; Regulation and Enforcement; Terrorism and Proliferation at Sea; Law of Naval Warfare; and Rules of Engagement.

The course is also designed to promote engagement and interaction between military personnel from across the Asia Pacific region and to build greater understanding and commonality in the application of international law to military operations.

HMAS Melbourne Having successfully completed her logistics visit to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, HMAS Melbourne officially sets sail for home. © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

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