Description: The main objective of this module is to introduce trainees to the legal regimes regulating migration related operations at sea, presenting a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects and concerns arising in such operations. After an introduction to the International Law of the Sea and jurisdiction extending to various maritime zones, focus will be given to the distinction between human trafficking and human smuggling, and among different kinds of migration.  Further emphasis will be paid to the concerns and necessary precautions for the legal and humanitarian standards to be met during human beings related operations.

Objectives: Upon completion of the module, the trainees will be able to:

  1. Illustrate International Law of the Sea basic concepts.
  2. Identify various maritime zones and jurisdiction over them.
  3. Distinguish different types of migration at sea from a legal point of view.
  4. Discuss over basic legal framework and procedures for migration and refugee related operations.
  5. Identify key legal and humanitarian issues and concerns in the process of these operations.


The duration of the module is 3 training hours.