STIA-371 Ocean Law, Sustainable Development and Global Security
Spring for 2017-2018
We live on a blue planet. Oceans are critical to life on Earth -- they supply more than half of the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate, and connect peoples and continents. Fisheries provide a primary source of protein for billions around the globe, and employment for millions more in recreation and tourism. As a result of all these human demands, oceans are also increasingly stressed. They are polluted, overfished, and chemically altered by a warming planet. New technologies are both improving our ability to sustainably use ocean resources and to protect them from threats. However, because it is also so vast, much of the ocean is unregulated and unexplored. The United States is an ocean nation. We have the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, and more than 50% of the U.S. population lives within 100 miles of a coastline. Oceans are significant to our economy, to our health and well-being, and to our national security.
The class will provide an overview of the most contentious and vexing issues and challenges regarding oceans that are facing policy makers in the U.S. and across the globe today, and will examine their implications for global security and sustainable development of ocean resources. The class will discuss legal theory, international institutions, governance models, scientific and economic issues, and potential solutions.
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