Welcome to IFLOS

Summer Academy 2021 cancelled
It is with a heavy heart that the Foundation has decided what many may have already expected: For the second time, it will not be possible to organize the Summer Academy in terms of a face-to-face event. The Covid19-pandemic still dominates life in Germany and around the world. While the situation and the pertinent rules and regulations in Germany are constantly changing, it is unlikely that the Summer Academy’s participants would be able to travel to Germany without severe restrictions, let alone gather as a group in August. We are deeply sorry and saddened that we will not meet in person this year, and for all inconveniences that the postponement of the event may cause and are grateful for the enduring support and patience from all applicants, faculty and alumni. Let us all hope for a better 2022! That being said, 2020’s and 2021’s applicants will be able to join an exclusive online course on International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law hosted by the Foundation. All information on that event will be sent via e-mail at the appropriate time.
Our mission

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) was founded in Hamburg in order to increase public awareness of the important work of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). One of the main tasks of IFLOS is to strengthen the knowledge of Law of the Sea and Maritime Law internationally, in particular in less developed countries. We intend to foster the dialogue between the academic world, the Judges of the Tribunal and those working in the field of maritime commerce.

Our summer academy

Since its founding in 2007 the "IFLOS Summer Academy" at the seat of ITLOS in Hamburg has become a center of excellence for students and junior staff in the field of international law of the sea and maritime law. The schedule also includes maritime-related subjects from economics and natural sciences. Judges from the Tribunal and renowned representatives from academia and maritime commerce serve as lecturers to a carefully selected group of highly motivated participants from around the globe.

Our Partners

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is the natural and most important partner of the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS). However, the Foundation takes pride in the fact that also other prestigious institutions support our activities, the IFLOS Summer Academy in particular. We recommend to find out more about these partners on our partners page. There are various areas of common interest as well as joint activities; we will publish events on our events pages from time to time.

ITLOS Rotunda

The Tribunal

Venue for Jurisprudence, Research and Learning in the field of International Law of the Sea at a global level.

Center of Excellence

Dedicated group of highly-motivated participants from around the world.

Global Network

High potential future decision makers from over 125 countries.