CUS531 Maritime Enforcement (8)

This subject will examine the roles and responsibilities of maritime enforcement agencies and various international conventions and agreements, including and principally the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that impact on maritime regulation and enforcement.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS531. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and discuss critically the rights and responsibilities of States in various maritime zones of jurisdiction and the relevant legal considerations when conducting enforcement in the maritime environment;
  • be able to conduct a comparative analysis of the international and domestic laws relating to maritime regulation and enforcement including analysing and critically assessing the regulatory frameworks of different countries against best practice and established international standards;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate interagency and cooperative maritime enforcement arrangements in and between selected coastal States and apply that analysis and evaluation to practical and theoretical situations that they may face as border regulators and/or managers; and
  • be able to formulate appropriate and well-developed operational strategies that address maritime enforcement challenges in different maritime settings and to be able to communicate those strategies to others.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Maritime Enforcement and the Law
  • Domestic Law.
  • Maritime Jurisdictional Zones
  • Maritime Targeting and Information Management
  • Risk Assessment, Profiling and Targeting
  • Operational Maritime Intelligence Management
  • Maritime Enforcement Operations
  • Conduct of Operations - Preparation
  • Operations and Post Operational Activity
  • Maritime Incursion Methods and Indicators

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CUS531 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
On-line participation
Jurisdictional zones
Essay - topical issues

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.