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.


25 May 2016
Erik J. Molenaar, co-authored a publication on 'Regional Oceans Governance' which was published by the United Nations Environment Programme.
19 May 2016
NILOS and Clingendael will provide an intensive course on the law of the sea for diplomats from the ASEAN member states in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
12 May 2016
The Research Handbook on Biodiversity and Law contains a chapter by Richard Caddell of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea.


14 September 2016 09:45 - 16:35
On 14 September 2016, NILOS will organize a seminar on Fishing in the Polar Regions. It will be held in Dutch.

Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)