RWU Law provides students a broad range of marine resource and maritime courses taught by full professors as well as expert practitioners. The curriculum includes courses in admiralty, fisheries, piracy, ocean and coastal law, ocean policy, and climate change.
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.