Summer School 2017

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 and a member of the faculty of the World Maritime University, in addition to practitioners and academics from various Universities.

Outline programme 2017

A number of general and more specific issues, touching upon several topical subjects, will be dealt with during the summer school.
For the 2017 edition teaching will in particular focus on the following four areas:

  1. Introductory notions
    • 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
    • The International and European Institutional Framework
    • Brexit and the Law of the Sea
    • Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea: Global and Regional Approaches
    • International and EU Law of the Sea: Coherence or Conflict?
  2. Individuals at Sea
    • Human Rights at Sea in General
    • Right of Protest at Sea
    • Human Trafficking by Sea
    • Migration by Sea
    • Principles of Labour Law Applicable to Seafarers
  3. Safety, Security and Marine Environmental Protection
    • Maritime Safety in International and EU Law
    • Maritime Piracy
    • Marine Environmental Law: Current Trends
    • Ships Recycling
    • The Use of Satellite Techniques in the Enforcement of the Law of the Sea
  4. Maritime Delimitation and Related Issues [ NEW ! ]
    • Delimitation in the Law of the Sea in General
    • Case study: the “North Sea Continental Shelf” Case
    • Case study: the France/Italy Agreement of 2015
    • Dispute Settlement and Delimitation in the Law of the Sea
    • Study visit to the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute

Each of the above four modules will be covered during two days of lectures, after which a practical activity (group work) will be held to test the knowledge and the skills acquired.

[ NEW ! ] A fifth subject of interest in the context of this year’s offering will be blue growth, which will be approched in tho half-day sessions of Friday 1 and Friday 8 September. The morning of Friday 1 will be devoted to a workshop entitled “The External Aspects of Blue Growth: Economic, Policy, Legal and Practial Perspectives” to be held at the main building of the University of Genoa. On the morning of Friday 8 lectures will be offered on seabed mining, the regime of genetic resources at sea and biodiversity protection in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Please note that the list of subjects and speakers is subject to amendments until confirmed as final.

Practical information

How to apply

The application period runs from 1 April – 4 August 2017; 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 organization together with the applicable attachments. No more than 25 participants will be admitted.

The ideal candidate will have completed a five- or at least a three-year long university program in law, political science, international relations, maritime studies, marine science, maritime economy or equivalent.
Students enrolled in a University program 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 28 August – 8 September 2017.
It will consist of 54 hours of teaching activities inclusive of traditional ex cathedra lectures, classroom training and workgroups, a study visit to the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute and a half-day workshop.


The main venue will be the state-of-the-art training center of the Genoa Bar Association. The precise address is Via XII Ottobre, 3 – 16121 Genova (second floor). Some of the activities will take place in other locations, to be advised in due course, including the University of Genoa main building and the premises of the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute.

The training center of the Genoa Bar Association is located in front of the Genoa Courthouse, one minute away (by foot) from Genoa’s landmark street Via XX Settembre and iconic Piazza De Ferrari.

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 16 June 2017.

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 2 June 2017 will be examined on or before 9 June 2017 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 16 June 2017.

Unless all available places are taken earlier, the admission process will end on 4 August 2017, all applicants will receive feedback as soon as possible and on 11 August 2017 at the latest. In order to be admitted, successful applicants will have to show proof of payment by sending it to by 18 August 2017.

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.

Genoa can be easily reached by car, train (both the Piazza Principe and Brignole stations serve the city center) and air (the nearest airport being Cristoforo Colombo, located only a few kilometers from the city center).

In principle, participants have to make their own accommodation arrangements. The summer school team is, however, obviously available to provide advice and can be contacted at

The area surrounding the summer school venue offers a wide range of accommodation options, including hostels and hotels.

The following solutions, among the many existing alternatives, are highlighted due to the fact that they are reasonably priced and conveniently located at a walking distance from the area where teaching will take place. Please contact them directly to enquire about availability and cost:

In addition, we have secured, on a strictly “first come-first served” basis, 15 places in a guesthouse ran by ALFA, the Regional Authority for Employment, Education and Accreditation (8 apartments: 1 triple, 2 single, 5 double) from 26 August to 8 September (13 nights in total).
The guest house, whose official name is “Residenza Santa Maria delle Grazie – La Nuova Casa Paganini”, is located in Piazza S. Maria della Passione, a mere 14 minutes (by foot) to the summer school venue, in the heart of Genoa’s renowned historic district.

The cost per night is Euro 20,00 inclusive of linen, towels and cleaning service.
Participants willing to take advantage of this opportunity will have to make it clear as soon as their application is accepted and terms and conditions will be provided.
Please note that the guesthouse is located in a pedestrian area with no possibility for car access!


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

CV (CP) Marco Nobile

Seconded National Expert to the European Commission, Brussels

CV Luigi Sinapi

Director, Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Genova

CV (CP) Felice Monetti

Guardia Costiera, Direzione Marittima Capitaneria di Porto di Genova

AVV. Angelo Merialdi

Studio Legale Siccardi Bregante & C., Genova

CV Marco Grassi

Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Genova

MR. Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont LL.M.

Public International Law Advisory Group, Paris

DR. Matteo del Chicca

Università di Pisa

CV Enrico Antonino

Istituto Idrografico della Marina, 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

DR. Agustin Blanco-Bazan

“International Lawyer and Former Head of the Legal Office of the International Maritime Organization, London

Vasco Becker-Weinberg, LL.M.

University “Nova” (Lisbon, Portugal)

Pierangelo Celle

University of Genoa (Italy)

Jan Wouters

KU Leuven (Belgium)

Francesco Munari

University of Genoa (Italy)

Ximena Hinrichs

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg, Germany)

Francesca Columba

Law student, Università degli Studi di Genova

Enrico Ajmar

Law student, Università degli Studi di Genova

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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