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.


25 September 2017
The book Governance of Arctic Shipping, co-edited by Erik J. Molenaar, was published by Brill.
4 September 2017
PhD researcher Rozemarijn Roland Holst awarded ‘Best Oralist’ at the 2017 IFLOS Moot Court Competition in Hamburg.
4 September 2017
Valentin J Schatz and Arron N Honniball have written a post on jurisdiction over the conduct of the C-Star vessel and its crew.