Maritime Security Cooperation In The Pacific Workshop


The Maritime Security Cooperation in the Pacific Workshop is intended to provide a forum for Australian and military officers from the Pacific region to develop a common understanding of the key international law principles governing maritime operations in the Pacific, and to promote regional engagement with Pacific Island countries.  The workshop is not a foundation level one, and participants are expected to have some experience with, and understanding of, the laws applicable to maritime operations.

The October 2017 workshop is the first course which is formally aimed at Pacific Island Nations, and incorporates regionally-focused presentations from subject matter experts from the United States, New Zealand, France and Australia. The workshop has an emphasis on course participants contributing to and sharing perspectives through an interactive learning program, and participants will be asked to present on two significant maritime security issues for their nation. Activities within the program are designed to promote networking.


 Law of the Sea, Regional Issues, Cooperation and Organisations Maritime Zones, Freedom of Navigation, Dispute Settlement, Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea and Maritime Interdiction Operations, Naval Warfare, Maritime Use of Force, Rules of Engagement, Fisheries, and

Evidence Collection and practical challenges in maritime law enforcement.


The key learning outcomes of the workshop are focused on participants developing:

  1. An understanding of the legal environment applicable to maritime operations;
  2. A knowledge of the key international law principles that govern maritime operations, particularly regarding maritime law enforcement;
  3. An understanding of the various regional perspectives regarding these principles;
  4. Ability to apply these principles in an operational context; and
  5. A familiarity with topical case studies.


Dates: 08 – 12 October 2018

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.