Summer School 2015

The summer school on European Union and the Law of the Sea, a project unique of its kind, will be held for three consecutive years, alternatively, in Italy and Germany. The venue for 2015 will be the town of Imperia, located on Italy’s north-western coast, easily reachable via the Genoa or Nice airports and home to a University campus where the event will take place from 31 August – 11 September 2015.

The summer school aims to attract doctoral and post doctoral students, as well as researchers and young professionals not only in law, political science and international and European studies, but also from other sea-related sectors, such as maritime economics and marine science, where an understanding of the impact of EU law is becoming more and more essential.

Among the (confirmed) speakers will be the Head of the Legal Office of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, a member of the faculty of the World Maritime University and at least one government official of a Member State, in addition to practitioners academics from the University of Genoa and other Italian and foreign Universities.

Outline programme 2015

A number of general and more specific issues, touching upon several topical subjects, will be dealt with during the summer school, including:

International Law of the Sea: Foundations, Recent Trends and Developments
EU and the Law of the Sea: From UNCLOS 1992 to the Integrated Maritime Policy of the EU

Human Rights at Sea
Maritime Security
Maritime Piracy

Ship Recycling in International and European Law
Marine Spatial Planning
Deep Seabed Mining
Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property
Concurrent and Conflicting Fora for the Settlement of International Disputes
Seaports in EU Law
Maritime Labour and the Protection of Seafarers
Maritime Emergencies and Salvage
Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage under International and EU Law

Conflicts of Laws at Sea
Conflicts of Jurisdictions at Sea

A half-day workshop on “European Union and the Law of the Sea: From Principles to Practice” will be held in Genoa, on 4 September 2015, as an integral part of the summer school. Please watch this space for further information, including a detailed programme.

University of Genoa post-doctoral fellows will deliver presentations concerning their current research in the area (covering, inter alia, eco-terrorism at sea, maritime regional cooperation inside and outside the EU and participation of the EU to relevant international organizations).

Practical information

How to apply

The application period runs from 1 March  24 July 2015; please send an e-mail in order to obtain additional information or use the electronic application form provided to apply. This will be sent automatically to the organizzation together with the applicable attachments. No more than 30 participants will be admitted.

The ideal candidate will have completed a five- or at least a three-year long university programme in law, political science, international relations, maritime studies, marine science, maritime conomy or equivalent. Students enrolled in a University programme lasting longer than three years, who are  at least in their fourth year and with an interest in the field will also be considered.

Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers and young professionals in any of the above areas are encouraged to apply.

The working language of the summer school is English; a good command of English is therefore essential and evidence of proficiency may be requested.

Teaching period

The summer school will be held from 31 August – 11 September 2015.
It will consist of 56 hours of teaching activities inclusive of traditional ex cathedra lectures, classroom training and workgroups and a half-day workshop.


Polo Universitario di Imperia, Via Nizza 8, 18100 Imperia (Italy). Please note that only the half-day conference to be held on 4 September 2015 will take place in Genoa.

Certificate and accreditation

Participants who actively participate in the whole course and successfully complete the assigned coursework will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

The course has been credited by the Department of Law of the University of Genoa with 9 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.

Fee and payment

Regular fee: € 750.00.

“Early bird” fee: € 500.00 for successful applications received on or before 30 April 2015.

The fees indicated above cover tuition and study materials only. Travel, accommodation and all other contingent costs (including insurance coverage) will have to be born by the individual participants directly.

Registration fees will not be reimbursed in case of cancellation or no show. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer scholarships or full or partial fee waivers.

Admission procedure

Applications will be examined on a rolling basis and interested candidates are therefore invited to apply as soon as possible.

Applications received on or before 30 April 2015 will be examined on or before 7 May 2015 and, when successful, in order to benefit of the “early bird” rate, will have to be followed by dispatch of proof of payment to no later than on 14 May 2015. Unless all available places are taken earlier, the admission process will end on 24 July 2015, all applicants will receive feedback on or before 31 July 2015 and, in order to be admitted, successful applicants will have to show proof of payment by sending it to by 7 August 2015.
Payments will have to me made to the University of Genoa’s bank account whose details are as follows:

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 000015016X74
IBAN IT29O0569601400000015016X74



Participants are required to make their individual arrangements for travel.

Imperia can be easily reached by train or car, the nearest airports being those of Genoa (Italy) and Nice (France), located at a distance of circa 100 km from the city centre. An external useful source of information for travel tips is

A limited number of single and double occupancy rooms have been reserved for participants at “Soggiorno marino pensione San Giuseppe” until 21 June 2015 (new extended deadline!), with the possibility for guests to apply for half board treatment at the following competitive rates:
€ 37 for bed & breakfast, double room (shared);
€ 46 for half board, double room (shared);
€ 43 for bed & breakfast, single room;
€ 53 for half board, single room.
Rooms will be allocated on a strictly “first come, first served” basis and participants who are not allocated a room there will be required to make their individual arrangements.

In order to place a reservation at the “Soggiorno marino pensione San Giuseppe”, prospective participants are required:

  1. to contact the above-mentioned establishment by e-mail at the address;
  2. to send their message, in c.c., also to;
  3. to specify whether they are requesting a single or a double room (in the latter case, they will be allocated a room to be shared with a participant of their own gender).


Scientific committee


Università degli Studi di Genova and SCD Avvocati & Partners, Genova


Hugo Grotius gGmbH | Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law (ISRIM), Bremen


Hugo Grotius gGmbH | Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law (ISRIM), Bremen
Teaching staff

C.V. (CP) Vincenzo Vitale

Corps of Harbour Masters and Coast Guard

AVV. Francesco Siccardi

Studio Legale Siccardi Bregante & C., Genova

PROF. Tullio Scovazzi

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca

PROF. Ilaria Queirolo

Università degli Studi di Genova

PROF. Francesco Pesce

Università degli Studi di Genova

PROF. AVV. Marco Lopez De Gonzalo

Università degli Studi di Milano Statale and Studio Legale Mordiglia, Genova

PROF. AVV. Andrea La Mattina

Università degli Studi di Genova and Studio Legale Bonelli-Erede-Pappalardo, Genoa

PROF. Giuseppe Cataldi

Università L'Orientale, Napoli

C.V. (CP) Enrico Castioni

Corps of Harbour Masters and Coast Guard

PROF. Laura Carpaneto

Università degli Studi di Genova

DR. Matteo del Chicca

Università di Pisa

PROF. AVV. Chiara Tuo

Università degli Studi di Genova and Studio Legale Carbone D'Angelo, Genova

PROF. Maria Elena De Maestri

Università degli Studi di Genova

PROF. AVV. Sergio M. Carbone

Università degli Studi di Genova and Studio Legale Carbone D'Angelo, Genova

Vasco Becker-Weinberg, LL.M.

University “Nova” (Lisbon, Portugal)

Pierangelo Celle

University of Genoa (Italy)

Aref Fakhry

World Maritime University (Malmoe, Sweden)

Jan Wouters

KU Leuven (Belgium)

Francesco Munari

University of Genoa (Italy)

Ximena Hinrichs

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany)
University of Genoa post-docs

AVV. Stefano Dominelli

Università degli Studi di Genova

AVV. Chiara Cellerino

Università degli Studi di Genova

AVV. Simone Carrea

Università degli Studi di Genova and Studio Legale Piciocchi, Genova

MS. Isabella Querci

Università degli Studi di Genova

AVV. Fabio Saguato

Università degli Studi di Genova and Studio Legale Saguato, Imperia

Please note that the list of the teaching staff is in progress and will be completed soon. It is also subject to amendments until confirmed as final.

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