NILOS: The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea

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 project SUSTAINABLEOCEAN.


4 September 2019
Due to the VSNU pilot 'You share, we take care!' now more than 1000 publications are open access available. Erik Molenaar made a large contribution.
Marine Sciences
26 July 2019
The article “Socio-ecological resilience and the law: Exploring the adaptive capacity of the BBNJ agreement” was published.
25 July 2019
Article published about several important roles played by nongovernmental actors in promoting compliance with international fisheries regulations.