UPDATE (12 October 2023) The following candidates have been selected:

Rank First Name Surname Gen. Country Country Class.
First Ranked
1 Muthoni Kanyugo Female Kenya
2 Ralph Carlo Evidente Male Philippines
3 Shynuga Thirukeswaran Female Sri Lanka
Reserves or Alternate Candidates
R1 Digvijay Rewatkar Male India
R2 Santhalingam Thanusanth Male Sri Lanka

Issue date: 20 July 2023



Marawa Research and Exploration Ltd. (Marawa), pursuant to its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, signed with ISA in 2015, is offering three (3) training placements to the ISA Deep Dive e-learning programme for candidates from developing States as part of its 2023 training programme.


Deep Dive is the first and only e-learning training platform exclusively devised to address all elements of the legal regime in Part XI of the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement including both technical and scientific aspects.

Developed by the ISA Secretariat together with renowned international experts in the field, the online curriculum consists of a modular structure with three progressive levels (Dives 1, 2 and 3) each comprising of modules that offer a mix of compulsory and elective lessons to ensure the successful transfer of foundational knowledge and a degree of flexibility to accommodate personal preferences.

Marawa is offering three placements to participate in Dive 1. This Dive includes a mandatory module on UNCLOS and the governance of the Area and will fit the needs of individuals with little knowledge of the legal regime of the Area. It will guide participants through the key features of the concept of the common heritage of humankind, the fundamental principles governing the Area, the role, functions and mandate of ISA and the objectives of sustainable development of the Area and its resources.

Dive 1 consists of seven mandatory lessons and four elective lectures to be chosen by trainees and is structured as follows:

Module 1: UNCLOS and the Governance of the Area
Lesson 1 Introduction to Part XI of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement H.E. Michael W Lodge
Lesson 2 The Area: legal and scientific perspectives H.E. Michael W. Lodge and Dr. Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera
Lesson 3 ISA: role, functions, and structure Sir Michael Wood
Lesson 4 The Mining Code Ms. Michelle Walker
Lesson 5 Responsibilities and obligations of sponsoring States Prof. Dr. Rudiger Wolfrum
Lesson 6 The Enterprise Mr. Eden Charles
Lesson 7 Equitable sharing of benefits from activities in the Area H.E. Michael W. Lodge
Elective (4 out of the 8 must be completed)
Elective 1 LDCs and, LLDCs and SIDS and UNCLOS and the sustainable development of ocean-based economies Dr. Marie Bourrel-McKinnon
Elective 2 Deep-seabed mining and submarine cables Dr. Tara Davenport
Elective 3 Implementation of Art.82 of UNCLOS: challenges and opportunities Prof. Aldo Chircop
Elective 4 The Common Heritage of Mankind: a historical concept for the development of Part XI and the 1994 Agreement Mr. Elie Jarmache
Elective 5 Process for making an application for a plan of work for exploration Dr. Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera
Elective 6 Settlement of disputes under Part XI Ms. Mariana Durney
Elective 7 Due regard Prof. Warwick Gullett
Elective 8 Equity as a conceptual basis for the development of benefit sharing criteria Prof. Dale Squires


The training programme is self-paced and allows candidates to learn at their own pace. However, candidates are required to complete the modules within the course period of 2 October to 31 December 2023. The estimated amount of time required to complete the course is 30 hours.


To be considered for this programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Education: A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline including, but not limited to: Law, International Relations, Natural sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Business and Economics (Candidates are required to submit transcripts of respective bachelors’ studies)

Work experience: 1 to 2 years of relevant professional experience in a relevant field of work.  No previous knowledge of ISA and law of the sea is required. 

Language: Proficiency in English attested by an internationally recognized English language proficiency test where the candidate’s mother tongue or language of study is not English. Acceptable tests include IELTS (band 6.0 or above), TOEFL (internet-based test score 80+ and paper based test score 550+), Cambridge examinations (level CPE/C2).

Technology: Candidates must have access to laptops and reliable internet connection.


Marawa commits to covering the expenses related to the tuition fees required to access the programme.

Upon the conclusion of the training, participants will be obligated to provide a comprehensive report to Marawa and ISA, delineating the advantages derived from the training opportunity, the acquired knowledge, and how the training will advance their professional or educational pursuits forward.

Trainees who have satisfactorily completed Dive 1 will be granted certificates. Satisfactory completion entails attaining a score of 80% or higher on each of the multiple-choice quizzes administered at the conclusion of every lesson and elective. Furthermore, trainees must achieve a minimum overall grade of 80% on the final examination.

How to Apply:

All interested applicants are invited to register through the ISA online portal through which they will submit their applications together with the requested documents including:

  • A passport sized photo and copy of their passport biopage or national identification card.
  • Signed nomination form [doc/pdf] by the nominating entity.
  • Copy of degree / certificate along with transcript
  • CV
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.
  • A one-page motivation statement outlining how the programme will further the applicant’s career.

Application Deadline: 8 September 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

One of the Voluntary Commitments registered by ISA at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction 40768) and reiterated in 2022 was ‘Enhancing the role of Women in Marine Scientific Research through Capacity Building’ – As partner of the Women in Deep-Sea Research (WIDSR) project, Marawa has pledged to allocate 50% of the training opportunities to qualified women applicants.