Law of the Sea

Introduction

Law of the Sea - Research Guide International Law

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 10 December 1982), UNCLOS, is intended to govern the use of oceans for fishing, shipping, exploration, navigating and mining. The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is the most comprehensive treaty in public international law and covers a range of Law of the Sea topics, such as delimitation of maritime boundaries, maritime zones, marine environment protection, marine scientific research, piracy and many more. Part XI UNCLOS on the legal regime on deep seabed mining used to be a main obstacle for ratification by Western states and blocked the entry into force of the UNCLOS as a whole. After more specific regulations in the 1994 Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS about the commercial exploitation of the deep seabed, more countries were willing to ratify and UNCLOS entered into force in 1994. Although the United States now recognizes the UNCLOS as a codification of customary international law, the US has not yet ratified it.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on the Law of the Sea. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 96. Law of the Sea and subject headings (keywords) Law of the Sea and UN Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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1. The South China Sea arbitration
The South China Sea arbitration : a Chinese perspective / edited by Stefan Talmon and Bing Bing Jia. - Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2014. - XXIV, 249 pages. : illustrations. ; 24 cm Bibliography: page 233-240. - Includes bibliographical references and index. - 2014
Keywords: China, Philippines, China Sea, Spratly Islands, Exclusive economic zone, Maritime boundaries, International disputes, International arbitration, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Compulsory jurisdiction,

2. El sistema de solución de controversias de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Derecho del mar
El sistema de solución de controversias de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Derecho del mar / Adela Rey Aneiros. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 225-240 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 225-240. - 2013
Keywords: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Judicial settlement of international disputes, Principles, Law of the sea,

3. La jurisprudencia sobre delimitación de los espacios marinos: una prueba de la unidad del ordenamiento internacional
La jurisprudencia sobre delimitación de los espacios marinos: una prueba de la unidad del ordenamiento internacional / Carlos Jiménez Piernas. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 241-273 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 241-273. - 2013
Keywords: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Delimitation, Maritime boundaries, Law of the sea, Judicial settlement of international disputes, Case-law,

4. Las perspectivas de solución judicial de controversias entre Croacia y Eslovenia en la Bahía de Piran
Las perspectivas de solución judicial de controversias entre Croacia y Eslovenia en la Bahía de Piran / Giuseppe Cataldi. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 277-290 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 277-290. - 2013
Keywords: Croatia, Slovenia, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Bays, Internal waters, Territorial waters, Delimitation, Maritime boundaries,

5. Delimitación marítima en el Derecho internacional: la tesis chilena frente al conflicto de límites con el Perú
Delimitación marítima en el Derecho internacional: la tesis chilena frente al conflicto de límites con el Perú / Cristián Delpiano Lira. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 291-310 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 291-310. - 2013
Keywords: Peru, Chile, International Court of Justice, Delimitation, Maritime boundaries, Agreements,

6. La UE y la solución de controversias de la CNUDM: sobre cuestiones institucionales y sustantivas
La UE y la solución de controversias de la CNUDM: sobre cuestiones institucionales y sustantivas / Claudia Cinelli. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 325-330 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 325-330. - 2013
Keywords: European Union, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Judicial settlement of international disputes, Court of Justice of the European Communities, Competence,

7. Profeciás de tiempos de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Derecho del Mar acerca de los medios jurisdiccionales de arreglo pacífico de las controversias
Profeciás de tiempos de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Derecho del Mar acerca de los medios jurisdiccionales de arreglo pacífico de las controversias / Carlos Espaliú Berdud. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 331-341 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 331-341. - 2013
Keywords: International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Judicial settlement of international disputes,

8. La evolución del significado de los términos de un tratado con el paso del tiempo: el asunto Derechos de navegación y derechos conexos (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua)
La evolución del significado de los términos de un tratado con el paso del tiempo: el asunto Derechos de navegación y derechos conexos (Costa Rica c. Nicaragua) / Enrique J. Martínez Pérez. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 343-354 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 343-354. - 2013
Keywords: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, International Court of Justice, Territorial sovereignty, Maritime navigation, Maritime boundaries, Delimitation, Rivers, Interpretation,

9. El Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar
El Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar / Mariano J. Aznar Gómez. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 371-412 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 371-412. - 2013
Keywords: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Law of the sea, Judicial settlement of international disputes,

10. La Union Europea y el Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar
La Union Europea y el Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar / Miguel García García-Revillo. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 413-442 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 413-442. - 2013
Keywords: European Union, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Elections, Jurisdiction,

11. Medidas de ejecución, uso de la fuerza y solución de controversias en el Derecho del Mar
Medidas de ejecución, uso de la fuerza y solución de controversias en el Derecho del Mar / Julio Jorge Urbina. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 461-474 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 461-474. - 2013
Keywords: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Enforcement, Use of force, Law of the sea, Contiguous zone,

12. La jurisprudencia del Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar: 2008-2011
La jurisprudencia del Tribunal Internacional del Derecho del Mar: 2008-2011 / Marta Iglesias Berlanga. - Valencia : Tirant lo Blanch. - Page 475-486 In: El arreglo pacífico de controversias internacionales / coordinadores Eva Ma. Vázquez Gómez, Ma. Dolores Adam Muñoz, Noé Cornago Prieto, ISBN 9788490335215: (2013), Page 475-486. - 2013
Keywords: United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Case-law,

13. Review of Indonesian Legal Arrangement on Tuna Fisheries

14. The South China Sea Arbitration: is there a Case to answer?
The South China Sea Arbitration: is there a Case to answer? / Stefan Talmon. - Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing. - Page 15-79 In: The South China Sea Arbitration : a Chinese Perspective / edited by Stefan Talmon and Bing Bing Jia, ISBN 9781849465472: (2014), Page 15-79. - 2014
Keywords: China, Philippines, China Sea, Spratly Islands, Exclusive economic zone, Maritime boundaries, International disputes, International arbitration, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Compulsory jurisdiction,

15. Issues of Jurisdiction in Cases of Default of Appearance
Issues of Jurisdiction in Cases of Default of Appearance / Michael Sheng-ti Gau. - Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing. - Page 81-106 In: The South China Sea Arbitration : a Chinese Perspective / edited by Stefan Talmon and Bing Bing Jia, ISBN 9781849465472: (2014), Page 81-106. - 2014
Keywords: China, Philippines, China Sea, Spratly Islands, Maritime zones, Maritime boundaries, International disputes, Maritime claims, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), Compulsory jurisdiction,

16. The Issue of Admissibility in Inter-State Arbitration
The Issue of Admissibility in Inter-State Arbitration / Bing Bing Jia. - Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing. - Page 107-135 In: The South China Sea Arbitration : a Chinese Perspective / edited by Stefan Talmon and Bing Bing Jia, ISBN 9781849465472: (2014), Page 107-135. - 2014
Keywords: China, Philippines, China Sea, Spratly Islands, Exclusive economic zone, Maritime boundaries, International disputes, Admissibility, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), International arbitration,

17. Jurisprudential Tenability of the Philippines v China Arbitration on South China Sea Disputes?
Jurisprudential Tenability of the Philippines v China Arbitration on South China Sea Disputes? / Haiwen Zhang and Chenxi Mi. - Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing. - Page 137-158 In: The South China Sea Arbitration : a Chinese Perspective / edited by Stefan Talmon and Bing Bing Jia, ISBN 9781849465472: (2014), Page 137-158. - 2014
Keywords: China, Philippines, China Sea, Spratly Islands, Exclusive economic zone, Maritime boundaries, International disputes, Maritime claims, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego-Bay, 10 December 1982), International arbitration,

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  • Mahinga, J.-M., Le Tribunal International du droit de la Mer : organisation, compétence et procédure, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2013.

    Mahinga, J.-M., Le Tribunal International du droit de la Mer : organisation, compétence et procédure, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2013.

    Création de la convention des Nations unies sur le droit de la mer du 10 décembre 1982, le Tribunal international du droit de la mer (TIDM) connaît, depuis sa mise en oeuvre, un rôle d’affaires manifestement chargé. Le développement de cette tendance constitue la marque de la confiance des États parties à l’égard de cette nouvelle juridiction. Ainsi le Tribunal international du droit de la mer a-t-il été saisi aussi bien par des États développés que par des États en développement, soit qu’il s’agissait de différends entre États développés ou entre États en développement, soit que le différend concernait un État développé et un État en développement. Les différends soumis au Tribunal portaient sur des questions de pêcheries et de navigation maritime, de pollution ainsi que de délimitation de frontières maritimes.

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  • Oude Elferink, A.G., The Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands : Arguing Law, Practicing Politics?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Oude Elferink, A.G., The delimitation of the Continental Shelf between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands : arguing law, practicing politics?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    Alex G. Oude Elferink’s detailed analysis of the negotiations between Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands concerning the delimitation of their continental shelf in the North Sea makes use of the full range of government archives in these three States. He looks at the role of international law in policy formulation and negotiations, and explores the legal context, political considerations and, in particular, oil interests which fed into these processes. He also explains why the parties decided to submit their disputes to the International Court of Justice and looks at the preparation of their pleadings and litigation strategy before the Court. The analysis shows how Denmark and The Netherlands were able to avoid the full impact of the implications of the Court’s judgment by sidestepping legal arguments and insisting instead on political considerations.

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  • Kraska, J. and R. Pedrozo, International Maritime Security Law, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    Kraska, J. and R. Pedrozo, International Maritime Security Law, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    This book defines an emerging interdisciplinary field of law and policy comprised of norms, legal regimes, and rules to address today’s hybrid threats to the global order of the oceans. Worldwide shipping commerce, fishing fleets, pleasure craft, and coastal states are exposed to the menace of offshore terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, piracy, smuggling, robbery, marine insurgency and anti-access threats. Land-based institutions and maritime constabulary forces operate within an increasingly integrated network that blends elements of humanitarian law, human rights law, criminal law, and law of the sea, with inspection regimes, commercial enterprise, and marine safety and environmental stewardship.

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  • Harrison, J., Making the Law of the Sea: a Study in the Development of International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

    Harrison, J., Making the Law of the Sea: a Study in the Development of International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    Making the Law of the Sea examines how various international organisations have contributed to the development of this law and what kinds of instruments and law-making techniques have been used. Each chapter considers a different international institution – including the International Maritime Organization and the United Nations – and analyses its functions and powers. Important questions are posed about the law-making process, including what actors are involved and what procedures are followed. Potential problems for the development of the law of the sea are considered and solutions are proposed. In particular, James Harrison explores and evaluates the current methods employed by international institutions to coordinate their law-making activities in order to overcome fragmentation of the law-making process.

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  • Yamamoto, L. and Esteban, M., Atoll Island States and International Law: Climate Change Displacement and Sovereignty, Berlin, Springer, 2014.

    Yamamoto, L. and Esteban, M., Atoll Island States and International Law: Climate Change Displacement and Sovereignty, Berlin, Springer, 2014.

    Atoll Island States exist on top of what is perceived to be one of the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems: atolls. It has been predicted that an increase in the pace of sea level rise brought about by increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere will cause them to disappear, forcing their inhabitants to migrate. The present book represents a multidisciplinary legal and engineering perspective on this problem, challenging some common misconceptions regarding atolls and their vulnerability to sea-level rise. Coral islands have survived past changes in sea levels, and it is the survival of coral reefs what will be crucial for their continued existence. These islands are important for their inhabitants as they represent not only their ancestral agricultural lands and heritage, but also a source of revenue through the exploitation of the maritime areas associated with them.

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  • Scheiber, H.N. and J.-H. Paik (eds.), Regions, Institutions, and Law of the Sea: Studies in Ocean Governance, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    Scheiber, H.N. and J.-H. Paik (eds.), Regions, Institutions, and Law of the Sea : Studies in Ocean Governance, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    This book offers fresh perspectives both on issues specific to major ocean regions, and on the nature and functions of institutions that implement the legal order of the oceans. Of special interest is a set of chapters by distinguished scholars and jurists providing nuanced analysis of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as a key actor in the institutional and regime structure. Other expert authors contribute timely analysis of specific ocean uses in the context of implementation of “soft” and “hard” law. Piracy, global warming and ecosystem challenges, geo-engineering, control of pollution in shipping operations, Seabed Authority policy, and performance of the UN Regional Seas Programme are among key issues presented in both their regional and legal dimensions.

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  • Molenaar, E.J., A.G. Oude Elferink and D.R. Rothwell (eds.), The Law of the Sea and the Polar Regions: Interactions between Global and Regional Regimes, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    Molenaar, E.J., A.G. Oude Elferink and D.R. Rothwell (eds.), The Law of the Sea and the Polar Regions: Interactions between Global and Regional Regimes, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2013.

    This book analyzes of the contemporary law of the sea and related areas of international law in Antarctica and the Arctic, with a particular focus upon the interaction of global and regional regimes. The global component of the international law of the sea – principally the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – applies to the entire marine domain in both polar regions but explicitly requires regional implementation or acknowledges its usefulness. This volume critically examines regional regimes for the Arctic and Antarctic on science, maritime security, fisheries and shipping by means of common research questions; thus enabling an overall synthesis and identification of trends, differences and similarities.

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  • Lischka, E.M., Völkerrechtliches und nationales Schifffahrtsrecht, Frankfurt am Main, Lang, 2013.

    Lischka, E.M., Völkerrechtliches und nationales Schifffahrtsrecht, Frankfurt am Main, Lang, 2013.

    Die Arbeit analysiert die Rechte und Pflichten der Schifffahrt in den verschiedenen Seezonen. Dürfen alle Schiffe (auch Kriegs- und Staatsschiffe) die einzelnen Seezonen durchfahren oder gelten bestimmte Rechte nur für Handelsschiffe? Welche Vorschriften haben die Schiffe in den einzelnen Seezonen zu beachten und welche Probleme tauchen in der Praxis regelmäßig auf? Ferner werden aktuelle Probleme, wie die massive Ausweitung der Piraterie und die stetige Zunahme der Ausflaggung von Handelsschiffen in sogenannte «offene Register» zum Zwecke der Kostenersparnis besprochen und Lösungsansätze hierzu aufgezeigt. Die Themen werden in völkerrechtlicher Hinsicht an Hand des Seerechtsübereinkommens durchleuchtet sowie deren Umsetzung in das deutsche Recht herausgearbeitet.

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  • Nordquist, M.H. (et al.) (eds.), The Law of the Sea Convention: US Accession and Globalization, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2012.

    Nordquist, M.H. (et al.) (eds.), The Law of the Sea Convention: US Accession and Globalization, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2012.

    The Law of the Sea Convention: US Accession and Globalization, provides valuable insight into a number of contemporary and pressing issues concerning the world’s oceans and their management. (….) Brought together on the occasion of the 34th Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law (COLP), panels considered the impact of the lack of US participation in UNCLOS, evaluating topics such as energy and economic development, including the undersea cable industry, as well as ramifications for U.S. national security and navigational rights.

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  • Tanaka, Y., The International Law of the Sea, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    Tanaka, Y., The International Law of the Sea, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

    The law of the sea is a complex and fascinating subject. This textbook explores the subject from the perspective of public international law, covering all the key topics from the legal regimes governing the different jurisdictional zones, to international co-operation for protection of the marine environment. Students interested in international environmental and natural resources law will find chapters on emerging issues such as the conservation and the protection of natural resources and biodiversity in the oceans. It includes student-friendly features such as chapter overviews, conclusions, figures and tables and further reading sections. Clarity of expression, engaging analysis and comprehensive coverage make this book essential reading for all students of the law of the sea.

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  • Karaman, I.V., Dispute Resolution in the Law of the Sea, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2012.

    Karaman, I.V., Dispute Resolution in the Law of the Sea, Leiden, Nijhoff, 2012.

    The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has been frequently referred to as the ‘constitution for the oceans’ and as one of the most important events in the history of modern international law. A detailed dispute settlement system represents a significant achievement of the Convention, an aspect on which Dispute Resolution in the Law of the Sea focuses. The book aims at examining the resolution of disputes which have emerged since the Convention’s entry into force and at analyzing the role of compulsory procedures entailing binding decisions through the prism of general international law and jurisprudence.

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  • Coutansais, C.P., Géopolitique des océans: l'Eldorado maritime, Paris, Ellipses, 2012.

    Coutansais, C.P., Géopolitique des océans: l'Eldorado maritime, Paris, Ellipses, 2012.

    Longtemps cantonnée à des activités immémoriales, l’exploitation des océans se trouve à un tournant : ressources en hydrocarbures, minérales ou génétiques s’ajoutent à des porte-conteneurs devenus le soubassement de la globalisation pour faire de la mer un nouvel Eldorado. Celui-ci participe de l’expansion de criminalités transnationales qui connaissent, du narcotrafic à la traite d’être humains en passant par la piraterie, une expansion continue, à l’inverse de mouvements terroristes qui ne parviennent pas à s’adapter à ce milieu. Si, dans ce nouveau cadre, l’US Navy demeure incontestée, des ambitions chinoises, indiennes se font jour, à l’inverse des Nations européennes qui peinent à conserver leur rang. Les enjeux ne sont pourtant pas minces : du contrôle des routes maritimes stratégiques aux espaces donnant accès à ces nouvelles richesses, l’avenir une fois encore se jouera en mer.

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  • Arctic Sovereignty: Icy Roads to the North Pole

    Canada, the US, Norway, Russia, and Denmark have been gathering scientific evidence for more than a decade in an effort to increase their continental shelf claims in the Arctic Ocean Region.The potential delimitation dispute between Canada, Russia and Denmark seems to focus on the Lomonosov Ridge. The North Pole is located about 400 nautical miles from the northernmost island of Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Russian Federation. Under international law coastal state rights over the water columns are limited to the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, using the state’s territorial sea baselines as starting point.

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  • Tuvalu, Quo Vadis?

    Climate change damage in the South Pacific is a problem for all small island developing states, including Tuvalu. These island states may become uninhabitable within the foreseeable future. What about the maritime boundaries and maritime claims of the former (Tuvalu) sea territory, which options do Tuvaluans have here? Does a disappearing Tuvalu have international repercussions? Tuvalu (formerly the Ellice Islands) comprises a cluster of nine islands, plus islets, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean just south of the Equator. These remote atolls are situated about 1,050 km (650 mi) n of Suva, Fiji, and 4,000 km (2,500 mi) of Sydney, Australia. Tuvalu has a coastline of 24 km (15 mi). As a rather small archipel Tuvale possesses considerable maritime claims on fishing grounds and natural resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf.

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  • Unresolved Territorial Disputes: The Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Gulf

    Last week, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, renewed his country’s demand for the restoration of sovereignty over three islands in the Persian Gulf region. Responding to the statement by the UAE, Iran’s representative reiterated his country’s full sovereignty over the islands and categorically rejected any claims to the contrary. The legal dispute about ownership and sovereignty of the three islands is based on rival historical claims by both sides.

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  • Senkaku or Diaoyu(tai) Islands?

    The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute has been close to the boil for months. The Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, took the decision to buy the islands to head off a more destabilising but popular proposal not only to acquire them but also to begin their active development.

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  • Criminal Acts at Sea: research topic of the 2012 Programme of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations

    On Monday 20 August 2012 the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the The Hague Academy of International Law will start. The Research Programme of this year is concerned with criminal acts at sea. Together with the two Directors of Studies of the research programme for 2012, Dr. Kimberley N. TRAPP (Lecturer at Newnham College, University of Cambridge) for the French-speaking section and Dr. Efthymios PAPASTAVRIDIS (Lecturer at University of Thrace and Research Fellow at Academy of Athens) for the English-speaking section, the participants will concern themselves with the various aspects of law which are related to criminal acts at sea.

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  • Hans Island : Crisis in the Arctic?

    Compared with other regions on the planet, the Arctic is warming faster. More of the Arctic is free of ice for longer periods. The possibilities for exploitation of natural resources and for control over Northern shipping lanes have prompted countries’ renewed interest in their competing claims to the region. Recently, Denmark (for Greenland) and Canada have clashed over their claims to a small, barren rock known as Hans Island.

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  • Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers : Concepts of International Law

    Establishing an authoritative definition of “piracy” in international law has always been rather problematic. The definition is relevant, because any confusion in terminology invariably leads to debates between State sovereignty and universal jurisdiction over crimes at sea. The various international law meanings of piracy are derived from, among others, international treaties, and various municipal law meanings are defined by statutes and State practice.

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  • Plastic Soup – What Legal Response to Marine Debris Pollution ?

    Solving the problem of marine debris and plastic pollution in the World’s oceans is a very complex and challenging enterprise. In particular, its legal framework. Various international and regional instruments, domestic and local laws and regulations apply directly or indirectly to marine debris pollution. The conspicuously global nature of this problem indicates that a potential role of significance is reserved for international environmental law. However, not all international and regional instruments are legally binding, and not all have a strong focus on marine debris and plastic pollution.

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  • Grotius in Slovenia

    Grotius’ theory on the Freedom of the Sea might help Slovenia in the dispute with Croatia over a small bay in the Adriatic. Since their independence from Yuogoslavia in 1991 they quarrel over the territorial sea delimitation in the Bay of Piran. Croatia claims that the border should be drawn in the middle of the bay, which would deny Slovenian ships direct access to the high sea…

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  • Norway and Russian Federation Sign Maritime Delimitation Agreement

    In Murmansk on Wednesday 15th September 2010 Norway and the Russian Federation signed a treaty concerning the maritime delimitation and cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The disputed territory covered 175,000 square km (67,600 sq miles), an area mainly in the Barents Sea between proven petroleum reserves on the Russian and Norwegian sides.

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  • Announcement lecture 'The law of the sea'

    On monday, June 21 2010, prof. mr. A.H.A. Soons (Utrecht university) will give a lecture on the ‘Law of the Sea‘. The topics will be international maritime law in general and specific issues like piracy, overfishing and Japanese whaling. Professor Soons will also speak on disputes that states had to claim marine areas. The lecture [...]

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  • The Falkland Islands Conflict

    Tensions between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands came to a boiling point when the UK announced plans to begin offshore oil drilling near the remote islands in February 2010. This blog will briefly discuss this complicated dispute as well as the actions taken by both parties in the United Nations General Assembly.

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  • Mare Liberum 1609-2009

    Celebration of the 400th anniversary of Grotius’ famous book “Mare Liberum”.
    Highlight was the presentation of the first copy of a new English translation of Mare Liberum “ Hugo Grotius Mare liberum 1609-2009. Original Latin and English Translation”. Edited and annotated by Robert Feenstra, General Introduction by Jeroen Vervliet. Leiden : Brill 2009. ISBN 9789004177017.

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  • Innocent passage in the territorial sea

    The concept of passage is defined in article 18 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 1982) as ‘continious and expeditious’ navigation through the territorial sea from and to any other sea zone. The passage, to be characterised as innocent, must not be prejudicial to the peace, good order and security of the coastal state (article 19 UNCLOS III).

    Article 30 UNCLOS III states that ‘If any warship does not comply with the laws and regulations of the coastal State concerning passage through the territorial sea and disregards any request for compliance therewith which is made to it, the coastal State may require it to leave the territorial sea immediately.’

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