Each year, the Marine Affairs Institute takes RWU Law students on an educational cruise on Narragansett Bay. This trip helps first year students better understand many of the marine and maritime issues affecting Rhode Island and New England.
Ocean Management Policy and Reform
This course explores the basis for contemplated and ongoing changes to ocean governance and the status of current governance reform efforts. Reports by the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in 2003 and 2004, respectively, called for significant changes to management of coastal and ocean resources. Since then, reform has been contemplated via various state and federal initiatives, involving legal, policy and political considerations. This course will examine the background for ocean management reform, the findings of federal and state bodies, and the status of current reform efforts.