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.


30 June 2016
Erik J. Molenaar gave a presentation at the conference 'Critical Perspectives on Governing by Sustainable Development Goals' in Amsterdam.
27 June 2016
Alex Oude Elferink gave a presentation during the Conference Dispute Settlement in the Law of the Sea and Beyond, Tromsø, Norway.
23 June 2016
Alex Oude Elferink participated in the debate ‘Equidistance is Dead’ during the launch of the book A Practitioner’s Guide to Maritime Boundary Delimitation.


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)