Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) is a nationally and internationally renowned research institute, established in 1984. Our core activities are research, teaching and training and consultancy.

Basic aims of NILOS:

  • Developing and sustaining expertise on the law of the sea and oceans governance;
  • Enhancing and broadening awareness and knowledge of the law of the sea and oceans governance; 
  • Assisting states - in particular developing states -, intergovernmental organisations, national and international non-governmental organisations, companies and individuals in implementing and applying the law of the sea.

Organisation / Contact

For comments or questions about the NILOS-website or NILOS, please contact us at:, + 31 30 253 7224, through our postal address, or contact our staff.

NILOS operates within Utrecht University in the framework of the School of Law's department of International and European Law (IER), as well as within the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law.

NILOS staff also participates in the research group UNIJURIS (unilateralism and the protection of global interests) and the research project SUSTAINABLEOCEAN.


24 October 2016
At the First Range State Workshop on the European Eel in Galway, Otto Spijkers (NILOS) presented a paper.
6 October 2016
Nicolas Giannopoulos and Rozemarijn Roland Holst joined NILOS as PhD candidates of the SUSTAINABLEOCEAN research project.
26 September 2016
On 14 September 2016, NILOS and UCWOSL organized a seminar on Fishing in the Polar Regions.

Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)