Objectives

This  programme in Ocean Governance enables students to: 

  • Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the current scientific, technical, administrative and legal framework concerned with ocean governance; 
  • Comprehend key emerging legal and policy issues requiring an effective regulatory and institutional response and the political challenges to advance reform in  ocean governance. 

The programme would enhance intellectual development through the comprehension of: 

  • qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable in the scientific, technical, administrative and legal dimension of ocean governance;
  • the interdisciplinary and comparative approach to ocean governance-- evaluation methods of current scientific knowledge, economic models, policy and legal tools;
  • political thinking affecting the marine environment, marine living and non-living resources;
  • anthropological and social aspects affecting the marine environment.

Students who are successful and obtain this Master’s degree will be able to:  

  • Identify contemporary scientific, socio economic, policy and legal issues relating to ocean governance;
  • Address underlying problems and learn from success stories in the regional and international governance of living marine resources; 
  • Apply legal instruments and management skills as a response to scientific information and technology as tools for good governance of the oceans;
  • Apply thematic principles that aim at sustainability of the oceans' namely the ecosystem approach, the precautionary approach, the integrated approach in policy making and the negotiation/formulation of regulatory instruments;
  • Apply the requisite and applicable legal framework in negotiation, decision making and dispute settlement;
  • Synthesize the fundamental steps for a multi disciplinary approach in policy making and regulation of sound ocean governance;
  • Analyze the complexities of meeting stakeholders’ competing interests in ocean governance;
  • Evaluate the options that lead to successful negotiation re the above;
  • Analyze the requirements for effective conflict resolution and dispute settlement. 

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