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The development of human activities at sea - what legal framework? For a new maritime law

Le développement des activités humaines en mer – quel cadre juridique ? Pour un nouveau droit maritime

Post-doctoral contract, University of Nantes (France), Human Sea program

Contrat postdoctoral, université de Nantes, programme HUMAN SEA

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Published on Thursday, January 05, 2017


The project focuses on the impact of new technologies in offshore activities, with a view to the refounding of maritime law and the law of the sea.



The project focuses on the impact of new technologies in offshore activities, with a view to the refounding of maritime law and the law of the sea. The development of human activities at sea has led to a transformation of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. The main purpose of law is to civilize the new activities opened up by technological innovations. Mining activities on the continental shelf have been taken into account by the Geneva Convention of 1958 and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, to protect the coastal states. But these activities remain legally insufficiently regulated at the international level, when industrial standards are numerous. Maritime law remains focused on the concept of a ship, which can leave out new offshore installations and their workers.

The development of illegal activities at sea questions the competences of States and their cooperation, which was the subject of a symposium in October 2015. Legal issues can be identified from offshore activities, innovations and technical developments. Marine Renewable Energies are a good example of ongoing innovations. The Human Sea - Marisk Symposium of October 2016 addressed these innovations as well as issues of maritime and port safety and security and more specifically of cybersecurity through the notion of High Reliability Organizations at sea (HRO).

The theme of technological innovations shall be continued in 2017, particularly through drones and remote-controlled ships, biodiversity issues on the high seas, before a return to legal questions at the end of the program for the final symposium scheduled for early October 2018. Is to participate, in cooperation with a doctor in law and management sciences, in the implementation of the 4th workpackage (WP) devoted to current and future developments of new technologies, in the exploitation of the continental shelf resources, living resources, multi-purpose platforms, new tools for marine research, pollution and ocean governance issues.


The post-doctoral researcher holds a doctorate in law, geography, international relations, political science or management sciences, with work falling within the themes of the Human Sea project. She / he has a good knowledge of naval or maritime activities, industrial and / or administrative contacts, already publications, a certain practice of the preparation or intervention in international symposiums. A good practice of French as well as written and oral English is required; A first experience of teaching or lectures in English would be useful.

Missions / Responsibilities

This postdoctoral researcher, the fourth of the research program, is involved in the core of program design and implementation. She / he will serve at the MSH Ange-Guépin in Nantes, under the direction of the program responsible person, in connection with the program manager.

She / he participates in documentary research, the identification of specialists, including industrials, development managers, economic decision-makers, administrative managers, their participation in the planned seminars and the final international symposium.

She / he makes the link with the doctoral students recruited in the program, or related to themes entering Human Sea. She / he participates in the weekly coordination meetings.

She / He is involved in the 4th WP devoted to drones, offshore gas and oil platforms, pollution and marine biodiversity. Four international seminars are planned for the year 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

In cooperation with two post-doctoral fellows, one doctor of management sciences and the other a doctor of law, it is important to participate in the establishment of the 5th WP devoted to the final international symposium of the program, which will take place 1st and 2nd October 2018.

He / she participates in the communication, by publications in the research log, by updating the website on the scientific activities of the Human Sea program.

She / he continues her/his research and publications related to the program, in the fields of her/his specialties.

Terms of Employment

The researcher postdoctoral is recruited under a fixed-term employment contract of two years (100% quota) from at the latest 1st March 2017 to 28 February 2019.

She / He must reside in Nantes during work periods and will have a computerized work space at the MSH. The research team is coordinated in French; a good level in French and English, written and oral is required.

Remuneration according to experience and according to the grid of Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the University of Nantes: the minimum monthly net salary is 2100 €. The contract includes a trial period of 1 month.

Structural allocation: University of Nantes

Geographical Allocation: MSH Ange-Guépin, 5 allée Jacques Berque, BP 12105, 44021 Nantes cedex 1

Recruitment procedure

To submit an application, send a letter of motivation, including a curriculum vitae and an indication (full name, address and functions of three referees) to:

Présidence de l’Université de Nantes, Direction de Ressources Humaines

1, quai de Tourville, BP 13522, 44035 Nantes cedex 1, France

Or, in PDF format, by e-mail at drh.concours@univ-nantes.fr

The examination of candidatures will take place mid-January 2017 and will give rise to hearings at the end of this month, for recruitment no later than from 1st March 2017.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12/01/2017


  • Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin, 5 allée Jacques Berque, BP 12105
    Nantes, France (44000)


  • Thursday, January 12, 2017


  • mer, droit maritime, technologie


  • Véronique Véronique Aubert
    courriel : veronique [dot] aubert [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr

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  • Véronique Aubert
    courriel : veronique [dot] aubert [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr


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« The development of human activities at sea - what legal framework? For a new maritime law », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Thursday, January 05, 2017, https://doi.org/10.58079/wjf

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