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Sea Piracy, Maritime Crimes, International Law of the Sea: Picking a Topic

Links and resources to assist with researching International Law of the Sea.

What Makes a Good Topic?

What to Look For: 

  1. Emerging Issues
  2. Unresolved issues – circuit splits or authority splits, cases of first impression, unsettled doctrines, open questions
  3. Pending Legislation
  4. Notable Trials
  5. Hot Topics

Where to Look?


Searching current event sites and legal blogs can be a great way to get ideas for your research topic! 

Law of The Sea Blog - Available through Peace Palace Library

Law Professor Blog Network - International law professor blog

Where to Look?

Current Event Sites

Searching current event sites and legal blogs can be a great way to get ideas for your research topic! 

American Society of International Law Insights - Provides up to date headlines in the area of environmental law

Peace Palace Library Law of the Sea News - Includes new books and articles covering a recent event

The New York Times - an excellent source of news on international law of the sea topics, including commentary and archival articles.

Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) Law Study (January 2014) - Provides an analysis of existing laws protecting UCH on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), identifies gaps in protection and recommends legislative changes to address any gaps. 

Bloomberg News by Topic - enter keywords to search Bloomberg Law for current news relating to international law of the sea topics.  (Barry Law students, faculty, and staff only; contact if you need to activate your Bloomberg Law account.)

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