Summer School 2018

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 Deputy Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, senior personnel of the Italian Coast Guard and staff of the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute, in addition to practitioners and academics from various Universities in Italy and abroad.

Outline programme 2018

A number of general and more specific issues, touching upon several topical subjects, will be dealt with during the summer school.
For the 2018 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
    • Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea: Global and Regional Approaches
    • International and EU Law of the Sea: Coherence or Conflict?
    • Brexit and the Law of the Sea
  2. Safety and Security in International and EU Law
    • Maritime Safety in International and EU Law
    • Maritime Security in International and EU Law
    • Piracy
    • Maritime Safety in Practice: Certification of Vessels
    • Ships Recycling
  3. 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
  4. Marine Environmental Protection
    • International Marine Environmental Law
    • EU Marine Environmental Law
    • Enforcement of Marine Environmental Law Throught the Use of Space Technology
    • Global and Regional Approaches to Marine Environmental Protection: Euro-Asian Perspectives

The programme will also include a study visit to the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute (based in Genoa) and other exciting activities that will be revealed soon.
With regard to the four modules, each of them 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.
With regard to module 4, which will also include an open roundtable on a topical issue, the group work shall be replaced by a practical activity to be carried out at the premises of the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute.

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

Practical information

How to apply

The application period runs from 1 May  3 August 2018; 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 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 27 August – 7 September 2018.
It will consist of 56 academic hours of teaching activities inclusive of traditional ex cathedra lectures, classroom training and group activities, a study visit to the Italian Navy’s Hydrographic Institute and a half-day roundtable.


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: € 500.00.

“Early bird” fee: € 250.00 for successful applications received on or before 15 June 2018.

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

Registration fees will not be reimbursed in case of cancellation or no show.

Fee waiver positions


NEW! For the first time this year, we will offer up to three positions on a fee-waiver basis.
These will be dedicated to participants who are nationals of (and will be travelling from) countries currently (2018) listed among low-income economies according to the World Bank (reference).
The deadline for applying will be 15 June 2108 and successful candidates will be informed on or before 22 June 2018.

After this deadline has expired, also nationals of countries currently (2018) listed among low-middle-income economies and upper-middle-economies according to the World Bank (reference) will be considered for the fee-waiver positions (provided that they will be travelling from their countries of citizenship for the purpose of attending the summer school), subject to the fact that not enough eligible candidates from low-income economies have applied within the above-mentioned deadline.
In this second round, the deadline will be 15 July 2018 and successful candidates will be informed on or before 22 July 2018.

The selection of candidates for the fee-waiver positions will fall under the exclusive responsibility of the Scientific Committee and will be based on merit, taking into account their curriculum vitae and their academic and professional profile only.

The overall, maximum number of such fee-waiver positions will be three. The waiver only covers the tuition fees and NOT travel, accommodation and living costs as well as any other incidental cost.

Admission procedure

Subject to the process described above for fee-waiver positions, 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 15 June 2018 will be examined on or before 22 June 2018 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 30 June 2018.
Unless all available places are taken earlier, the admission process will end on 3 August 2018,as soon as possible and on 10 August 2018 at the latest.
In order to be admitted, successful applicants will have to show proof of payment by sending it to by 17 August 2018.

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:

  • OStellin Genova Hostel
  • Best Western Hotel Metropoli

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

DR. Nilufer Oral

Bilgi University, Istanbul and International Law Commission, New York

PROF. Tullio Treves

Università di Milano Statale, Milano


Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Claudio Manganiello

Italian Coast Guard

Keyuan Zou

University of Central Lancashire (Preston, UK)

PROF. Maria Elena De Maestri

Università degli Studi di 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)

Aref Fakhry

World Maritime University (Malmoe, Sweden)

Jacob Terling

European Commission (Brussels, Belgium)

Francesca Ronco

Siccardi Bregante & C. (Genoa, Italy)

David Ong

Liverpool John Moore University (UK) (TBC)

Ximena Hinrichs

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

Frederick J. Kenney

International Maritime Organization (London, UK)

Antonio Leandro

University of Bari (Italy)

MR. Giacomo Cadeddu

Law student, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova

MS. Carola Annitto

Law student, Università degli Studi di Genova, 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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