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LSTD401 - Maritime Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD401 Course ID: 4140 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the primary international and domestic laws governing navigation, naval operations, and maritime law enforcement. Students will study various aspects of the international law of the sea, maritime jurisdiction, and other laws and treaties dealing with such topics as maritime safety and security, drug trafficking, fisheries management, marine environmental protection, and piracy.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

  • Analyze numerous substantive legal issues related to maritime law.

  • Recount various international conventions relating to maritime safety and pollution.

  • Differentiate between proper jurisdictional venues for assorted maritime actions.

  • Identify legal issues and limitations related to a ship owner’s liability and cargo claims.

  • Examine various forms of compensation available to seamen, other maritime workers and passengers.

There will be six weekly forums based on the readings. You are also required to submit two written case briefs and two papers for your course assignments. The instructions can be found in those sections of the course.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Papers 50.00 %
Human Rights Video Assignment 25.00 %
White Paper 25.00 %
Case Briefs 20.00 %
US v. Conroy 10.00 %
Stewart v. Dutra 10.00 %

Required: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982):

Commander's Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations (NWIP 1-14M):

Admiralty and Maritime Law by Robert Force (Federal Judicial Center, 2004):

These texts are available through the Lessons Link in the classroom and by using the link above. They are also available in the APUS Research Database. Please report any issues to

Web Sites: In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful.

Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well.

Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Oceans and Law of the Sea

National Maritime Center

Compilation of Maritime Laws

Book Title:International Maritime Security Law - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author:Kraska, James
Unit Cost:$281.00
Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.