Senior Lecturer
LLM Shipping & Trade
Telephone: (01792) 602726
Room: Office - 105
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Dr. Youri van Logchem is a senior lecturer at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. He teaches both at the postgraduate and undergraduate level, primarily in the areas of international law of the sea, international energy law, and general public international law. Before that, he was a PhD fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), at Utrecht University, where he wrote his PhD thesis on the rules and obligations of States in disputed maritime areas under the supervision of Professor Alex Oude Elferink and Professor Fred Soons. He also was a junior lecturer and researcher in legal theory at Utrecht University, and a Junior Policy Officer at the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

Youri previously obtained his LLB (with honourable mention) at Utrecht University, and graduated cum laudefrom his two-year Honorary Master’s in Legal Research at the same University. In addition, he has published several articles (e.g. in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and Ocean Development & International Law) and book chapters, which have been cited before international courts and tribunals. His publications include a co-authored book chapter with Judge David Anderson on the rights and obligations of States in disputed maritime areas. His monograph entitled The Rights and Obligations of States in Disputed Maritime Areas is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Youri has also received awards for academic achievements, including the Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Award, and has presented at various conferences around the world.

Areas of Expertise

  • Law of the Sea
  • Disputed Maritime Areas
  • Maritime Delimitation
  • Submarine Telecommunication Cables
  • Public International Law
  • International Energy Law


  1. van Logchem, Y., Anderson, D. Rights and Obligations in Areas of Overlapping Maritime Claims S. Jayakumar, Tommy Koh, Robert Beckman(Ed.), The South China Sea Disputes and Law of the Sea 192 228 Cheltenham Edward Elgar
  2. van Logchem, Y. Submarine Telecommunication Cables in Disputed Maritime Areas Ocean Development & International Law 45 1 107 122
  3. van Logchem, Y. Chapter 7. The Scope for Unilateralism in Disputed Maritime Areas (Ed.), The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction 175 197 Leiden Brill
  4. van Logchem, Y. Exploration and Exploitation of Oil and Gas Resources in Maritime Areas of Overlap under International Law: the Falklands (Malvinas) (Ed.), Hague Yearbook of International Law / Annuaire de La Haye de Droit International 29 66 Leiden Koninklijke Brill
  5. van Logchem, Y. The Rights and Obligations of States in Disputed Maritime Areas: What Lessons can be Learned from the Maritime Boundary Dispute between Ghana and Cȏte d’Ivoire? Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 52 1 121

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  • LA-124 Fundamental Principles of International Law

    This module will be available only for visiting exchange students from Chinese partner universities.

  • LAGM06 Law of the Sea

    The oceans constitute more than two-thirds of the entire planet and are of fundamental importance for human activity and for sustaining life: e.g. they provide for commerce and navigational routes and contain a substantial amount of our natural resources. This module examines the international and regional legal framework that is applicable to the oceans, and addresses a number of key issues and concepts of the law of the sea, including the rights and duties of states over maritime areas and its resources, as well as with regard to maritime areas that are beyond the jurisdiction of (coastal) states (e.g. the high seas); illegal conduct and law enforcement at sea; navigational rights of vessels; and the importance of marine environmental issues. The primary aim of this course is to provide a critical overview of the rules of public international law that address the oceans, with an emphasis on those rules that concern their use and relate to offshore resources. The principal rights and duties of coastal states will be analysed and evaluated, with particular reference to the allocation and exploitation of natural resources, as well as the rules governing jurisdiction over maritime areas. There will also be an examination of shared resources and maritime areas beyond coastal state jurisdiction, as well as the rules on dispute resolution under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and general international law. Law of the sea cases constitute a significant portion of the case-load of many leading international courts and tribunals. The South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v. The People¿s Republic of China) is a recent example of a case that will be analysed more closely. Issues concerning the exercise of maritime jurisdiction by coastal states, navigation and shipping standards, and submarine cables and pipelines will also receive appropriate attention. Topical issues, such as sea-level rise, disputes brought out by the absence of maritime boundaries (including in the South China Sea and the East China Sea), and the contemporary fight against maritime piracy, will also be discussed as part of the module. Understanding the law of the sea is of vital importance for students that want to become maritime lawyers: for instance, shipping and navigation are regulated on the international level by this branch of law. Knowledge of the law of the sea is equally important for students that are interested in energy law, as the law of the sea provides the applicable international legal framework concerning offshore energy resources.

  • LAMM01 Admiralty Law

    This module concerns a practical aspect of maritime law which was developed by the Admiralty Court of England and Wales and which has subsequently influenced many countries in the world. The aim of the module is to provide students with a practical and critical knowledge of those aspects of maritime law relating to the running of the ship. The module is in two parts. Part one deals with substantive areas of maritime law such as the law of collisions, harbour law, pilotage, salvage, general average, carriage of passengers and limitation of liability. Part two focuses on enforcement of maritime claims through the practice and procedure of the Admiralty Court, including arrest, jurisdiction and maritime liens. Also, contemporary public law issues that have a bearing on ship operations, such as ship registration and port state control, are also considered in this module.

  • LAMM30 International Energy Law

    Energy resources include hydrocarbon resources, such as oil and gas, renewable energy (including those that come from wind and ocean currents) and nuclear energy. International energy law as a field of law originates from a desire to capture the broad spectrum of energy related matters and activities, as well as the applicable rules of several different fields of (international) law, under one broad umbrella. Fields of (international) law that have shaped rules of international energy law and influence and regulate energy related issues are inter alia international law of the sea, and international environmental law, all of which will be discussed in depth in this module. International energy law deals with many different issues, some examples are the extraction of energy resources and the environmental impact of such activities. The module will focus both on renewable energy resources and oil and gas resources. Nowadays, and despite the potential of using renewable energy resources, the importance of oil and gas resources remains difficult to overstate. Our prosperity, progress and mobility are heavily indebted to utilising hydrocarbon resources for energy. Oil and gas are transportable, still relatively cheap and comparatively abundant sources of energy. They are also the fundamental ingredient in many of the products that we use daily and the engine of economic growth in many parts of our globalised world. Nowadays, 60% of the oil and gas resources come from offshore areas ¿ supplies of oil and gas on land are increasingly nearing the end of their lifespan, and chances are slim of discovering new oil and gas supplies on land. Predictions have been made that about 70% of the oil and gas reserves that have yet to be discovered are located offshore, some of which are based in areas where the States concerned have not agreed on the location of their maritime boundary. As a result, maritime areas where oil and gas resources are present, or are rumoured to be located, have increasingly come to attract the interest of the oil and gas industry. This led to a significant expansion of the offshore industry, particularly in the last 25 years, which was also the moment when the offshore exploration and exploitation for oil and gas resources took flight. Besides the role of the oil and gas industry, a prominent player in relation to offshore oil and gas resources, as well as renewable energy resources, is the State. For example, coastal States are attributed sovereignty or sovereignty over oil and gas resources for exploration and exploitation under international law. This means, amongst others, that the decision to begin with activities in connection with oil and gas resources rests with coastal States. It is also the prerogative of States to determine which maritime areas will be opened for exploration or exploitation, to decide which oil and gas companies will receive the permission to engage therein, and to regulate the conditions under which this will take place. In addition, States are given the jurisdictional rights to erect installations, such as oil platforms, that assist in the actual exploitation of oil and gas resources. But it is not only in relation to oil and gas resources, that coastal States have extensive rights; the same is the case for renewable energy resources, such as wind and ocean currents. This module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the international and transnational legal frameworks governing energy resources and the energy sector. For this purpose, the module will examine the following: 1. The International Legal Framework Governing Energy Resources: The sovereignty and sovereign rights of (coastal) States over energy resources under public international law, with an emphasis on the exploration and exploitation of offshore energy resources. 2. Licensing and the Role of the State: The State that has sovereign rights over oil and gas resources and can give rights to oil an

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Research Seminar Series Coordinator - Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

    2018 - Present

  • Exam Officer - Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

    2017 - Present

  • Disability Officer - Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

    2015 - Present

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2013 Rhodes Academy Submarine Cables Award sponsored by the International Cable Protection Committee
2011 Law of the Sea Institute (LOSI) Research Competition Award for Early Career Researchers