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.


27 March 2017
Prof. Cedric Ryngaert and Arron Honniball have shared their thoughts on port state jurisdiction to combat IUU fishing.
23 March 2017
On 22 March 2017, Erik J. Molenaar gave a presentation at a meeting on Brexit and Fisheries at the European Parliament, Brussels.
23 March 2017
Erik J. Molenaar has been nominated by the Netherlands for inclusion in the lists of experts in the field of fisheries as well as navigation.


10 - 14
10 July 2017 10:00 - 14 July 2017 17:00
Utrecht University will be offering the five-day Summer School course Introduction to the International Law of the Sea.