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The Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL) of Utrecht University does research in the area of water law, oceans law, environmental law, climate law and sustainability law.

Its leading position in the area of water and oceans law and policy is partly due to international collaboration and a keen eye for the application of scientific insights into practice. Members of the research group advise international organisations, the European Commission and various Dutch and other governmental and private institutions and participate in various international consortia. 
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Gekleurde laarzen in ondergelopen gebied
21 May 2019
Different types of residential areas will get extra money to adapt to hotter summers and heavier showers. Utrecht University is monitoring these projects.
EU Green Week
30 April 2019
Students from different member states are given a special opportunity to see how European law works at home and in Brussels.
24 April 2019
Akio Morita, Professor of International Law, Hosei University Faculty of Law, joins UCWOSL and NILOS as a visiting professor for a period of one year.


NILOS Moot Court Competition
22 May 2019 09:00 - 24 May 2019 18:00
The Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS) presents the first NILOS Moot Court Competition at Utrecht University on 22, 23 and 24 May 2019.
Norstar ship
29 May 2019 15:15 - 17:00
Sichen Tian of Wuhan University will focus on the evolution of the principle of freedom of navigation in international law.
28 August 2019 09:00 - 30 August 2019 18:00
On 28–30 August 2019 the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law will host the 7th annual European Environmental Law Forum conference.