Utrecht University School of Law

The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) is a nationally and internationally renowned research institute. NILOS - established in 1984 - 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).

The basic aims of NILOS are:

  • 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; and
  • 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.

Core activities


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


26 October 2015
2 PhD researchers will be appointed within the ERC Starting Grant project ‘Accommodating New Interests at Sea: Legal Tools for Sustainable Ocean Governance’.
19 October 2015
The briefing note by Erik J. Molenaar was published last week in the open access Arctic Yearbook 2015.
28 September 2015
The Routledge Handbook on Maritime Regulation and Enforcement with the chapter “Shipping: Vessel-source Pollution” by Erik J. Molenaar, was recently published.

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