Maritime Operations Law


This course is a foundation level course for regional military officers, designed to provide an introduction to the law of the sea, maritime law enforcement issues, the law of naval warfare, and the application of legal principles to maritime operations.

The course is equally intended to promote regional engagement through an interactive learning program and associated networking opportunities.  The course has an emphasis on course participants contributing to and sharing perspectives. Activities within the program are designed to promote networking.


Maritime Zones, National Regulations and Enforcement, Use of Force at sea, Maritime Regulation and Enforcement on the High Seas, Law of Naval Warfare, Rules of Engagement for Maritime Operations, Responses to Terrorism and Proliferation at sea, Maritime Disputes, Coalition and UN Maritime Operations.


  1. Understand the legal environment of international maritime operations.
  1. Apply the legal principles of maritime operations to the Asia Pacific region.
  1. The graduate is to choose to display a positive attitude toward building professional relationship with regional counterparts.


The Maritime Operations Law Course will not be delivered in 2019. It is expected to be run again in February 2020 (to be confirmed).

Location: Military Law Centre, Victoria Barracks, Sydney, NSW.

Duration: 5 Working Days.

Minimum rank: 03 (CAPT equivalent) / APS 5.

Maximum rank: 06 (COL equivalent) / EL2.

Uniform requirement: Uniform appropriate for representational duties.

Computer knowledge: Not essential.

ADFELPS Language Profile: S6, L6, R6, W6 or Academic IELTS test level S5.5, L5.5, R5.5, W5.5

Course Fees: Nil for ADF/APS personnel. Nil for international students – sponsored by IPDIV.

Nominations: ADF/APS enrol via nomination form on DEFGRAM. International students nominate through post to IPDIV.

Resources: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

Sanremo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflict at Sea