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.


13 February 2017
On February 7 and 8 2017, NILOS and UCWOSL hosted the international workshop “Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans”.
12 December 2016
On 7 December 2016, NILOS and UCWOSL hosted the Symposium on the South China Sea Arbitration.
10 November 2016
Catherine Blanchard, PhD researcher in international law of the sea, was awarded the J.P. François prize.


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.

Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS)