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Rhodes Academy

The Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy is an international collegial institution dedicated to fostering a better understanding of the modern law of the sea. Through education on the principles of contemporary oceans law and policy, the Rhodes Academy seeks to promote adherence to the rule of law in the world's oceans. Founded in 1995, the Academy held its inaugural session in the summer of 1996 and operates on an annual basis.

Rhodes Academy graduates and applicants are eligible for the International Cable Protection Committee Writing Award of ₤4,500 pounds sterling. 2010 winner ~ 2011 winner ~ 2013 winner ~ 2015 winners ~ 2016 winner ~ 2017 winner ~ 2018 winner. In 2018 the winning applicant who submits a publishable paper on the topic of submarine cables is eligible for a full scholarship (attendance fee, hotel room + two meals per day, and travel) to the Rhodes Academy (or the cash prize). 2018 Writing Award details. For background information on cables and law of the sea and suggestions for topics, please see

Please send your Rhodes Academy application and letters of reference (pdf~Word) to the Center for Oceans Law and Policy by email to Ms. Judy Ellis (, or by fax (434-924-7362). (Note the fillable application form is supported by Chrome and IE browsers, not Mozilla Firefox.) Frequently asked questions.

View an archive of photos of prior Sessions List of students who attended the Rhodes Academy from 1996-2009, and from 2009-2013. Search alumni.

The twenty-third session of the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy will be held July 1-July 21, 2018. All applications must be complete and received by the firm deadline of April 9, 2018. Early applications are encouraged. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. The Rhodes Academy general information booklet, 2018 program brochure, and 2018 schedule are available, as is the poster.

The attendance fee for 2018 is $1,500 USD. Payment must be received by 1 June. The fee is non-refundable after 1 June. The fee includes all course material. There is no additional tuition fee. A limited number of scholarships and an even more limited number of travel grants are available to students, based on high academic merit and financial need. The scholarships/grants are largely for applicants from developing nations. Classes and accommodations are located beside the Mediterranean Sea near Old Town, Rhodes. Accommodations and half board for an anticipated 21-day stay (1 July to 21 July 2018) in Rhodes are approximately €1,500 Euros for a single room and approximately €1,200 Euros per person for a shared room in 2018.

The Rhodes Academy is a cooperative undertaking sponsored by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy (COLP) at the University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, USA); the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law (Rhodes, Greece); the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland); the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany); The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands); and the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (Singapore). The Korea Maritime Institute (Busan, Korea) and Ankara University Research Center of Sea and Maritime Law (Ankara, Turkey) are associate sponsors. For many years the International Seabed Authority has provided science scholarships for developing country students. The current Directors designated by the sponsoring institutions are John Norton Moore, Tomas Heidar, Nikos Skourtos, Alex Oude Elferink, Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Robert Beckman. Administrative activities outside Rhodes are coordinated by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, while the Aegean Institute coordinates local arrangements.

The Academy entails an intensive, three-week course of study, with lectures by leading jurists, practitioners, and international law faculty from around the world. Although it is a single course of study, the program is divided into two distinct units. The first two weeks focus on the foundations of modern oceans law, recent developments, and an overview of the 1982 United Nations Conference of the Law of the Sea. In the second week, several short courses address specific topics under the rubric of oceans law and policy. The third week typically focuses on an issue of current concern to the international community. Passing an optional examination enables students to receive a diploma from the Rhodes Academy.

In comments prepared for the inaugural session of the Rhodes Academy, United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said, "The objective of your academy, fostering a better understanding of the law of the sea, is one to which the United Nations has dedicated itself almost since its inception. The success of the Academy is therefore of particular interest to the United Nations. . . . The exchange of ideas and other forms of cooperation between the United Nations and the Academy should serve our common purpose of fostering a better understanding of the law of the sea."

The student body of the Rhodes Academy is kept relatively small to allow for maximum interaction among students and lecturers. The distinguished international faculty and diverse student body are strengths of the Academy, bringing together different perspectives on global and regional issues. These elements make the Rhodes Academy a unique educational opportunity, and facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the principles of oceans law and policy as reflected in the practice of States, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and a myriad of related international agreements.

A distinguished faculty has taught at the Rhodes Academy over the past 21 years. The faculty has been selected from 16 different nationalities and its expertise is deep as well as wide ranging. The following is an alphabetical listing of lecturers who participated as faculty during the 2017 session:

Professor Danae Azaria
Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, University College London

Ambassador David Balton Deputy Assist. Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State

Professor Robert Beckman Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice Professor of Public International Law, Queen Mary Univ. of London

H.E. Vladimir Golitsyn Former President, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tomas H. Heidar, Esq. Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Director, Law of the Sea Institute, Iceland

H.E. Albert J. Hoffmann Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Dr. Nong Hong
Executive Director, Institute for China-America Studies

H.E. Andrew J. Jacovides Former Ambassador, Cyprus

Hakan Karan Director, Research Center of Sea and Maritime Law, Ankara University, Turkey

Dr. James Kraska Professor, US Naval War College

Dr. Larry Mayer Director, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Ms. Fernanda Millicay Second Class Minister (Minister Counsellor), Foreign Service, Argentina

Professor Erik J. Molenaar Dep. Dir., NILOS, Utrecht Univ. and Prof., K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø

Professor Myron H. Nordquist Associate Director and Editor, Center for Oceans Law & Policy, University of Virginia

H.E. Jin-Hyun Paik President, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Keith Schofield International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC)

Dr. Robert W. Smith Geographer (ret.), Office of Oceans Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State; Geographic Consultant

Mrs. Maria Telalian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece

H.E. Tulio Treves Former Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Professor, Universita di Milano, Milan, Italy

H.E. Rüdiger Wolfrum Former President, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Dir. Em., Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany


Professor Myron H. Nordquist, the Associate Director of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, directs the substantive portions of the Rhodes Academy while staff attend to administrative arrangements. Please contact Ms. Judy Ellis, Events Coordinator at COLP, for additional information: