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Critically examine the concept and regulation of Flag State Jurisdiction (including the ‘genuine link between ship and state’, and ‘flags of convenience’)

Robert Gordon University Law School

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BSM 789

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Submission date:

11 December 2020

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12 January 2021

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Component 1 (80%)

Critically examine the concept and regulation of Flag State Jurisdiction (including the ‘genuine link between ship and state’, and ‘flags of convenience’) and comment on a recent court case/incident where it was necessary for the port state to exercise jurisdiction over a foreign-flagged vessel.

Additionally, illustrate your answer with reference to at least two relevant court cases/examples. Support your coursework with relevant sources (i.e. international and national law, and academic and industry sources).

· Please Note: The coursework should follow the RGU guidelines, i.e. adhere to the word limit, have a clear structure and should be professionally presented. The referencing (footnotes and bibliography) should ideally be based on the OSCOLA Referencing guide/ but Harvard Referencing is also allowed.

  • Submission Date: 11 December 2020 (1pm) - (3000 words)

Please Note:

  • Submit an electronic copy of your Coursework on or before 11 December 2020 (1pm) in the Coursework (Turnitin) Dropbox on campus Moodle.
  • Indicate your student number and word count on the front page.
    • Your coursework should be supported with practical examples, relevant industry and academic sources.
    • The coursework should follow the RGU guidelines (i.e. adhere to the word limit, have a clear structure and should be professionally presented).
    • Proof read your work before submission.
      • The referencing system (Harvard/OSCOLA, etc.) including footnotes, references, bibliography, page numbers, etc. should be consistent and professionally presented.
            • The word limit is 3000 words (not below/above 10%).

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