The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea

ISBN : 9780198806257

Donald R. Rothwell; Alex G. Oude Elferink; Karen N. Scott; Tim Stephens
1072 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2017
Oxford Handbooks
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Human activities have taken place in the world's oceans for most of human history. With the oceans being used for trade, being exploited for fisheries and mineral resources extraction, and becoming the focal point for security crises, the legal regime regulating the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world's oceans has long been a crucial part of international law. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea comprehensively defined the parameters of the law of the sea in 1982, and since the Convention was concluded it has seen considerable development. This Oxford Handbook provides a comprehensive and original analysis of its current debates and controversies, both theoretical and practical. Written by thirty nine expert contributors, the Handbook sets out how the law of the sea has developed, and the challenges it is currently facing. It is an invaluable and thought-provoking resource for scholar, students, and practitioners of the law of the sea.


1: Historical Development of the Law of the Sea, Tullio Treves
2: The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Robin Churchill
3: Between Stability and Change in the Law of the Sea Convention: Subsequent Practice, Treaty Modification, and Regime Interaction, Irina Buga
4: Baselines, Coatler G Lathrop
5: The Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone, John E Noyes
6: International Straits, Donald R Rothwell
7: The Archipelagic Regime, Tara Davenport
8: The Exclusive Economic Zone, Gemma Andreone
9: The Continental Shelf, Ted L McDorman
10: The High Seas, Douglas Guilfoyle
11: The Deep Seabed, Michael W Lodge
12: Maritime Boundary Delimitation, Malcolm D Evans
13: Port and Coastal States, Erik J Molenaar
14: Flag States, Richard A Barnes
15: Landlocked and Geographically Disadvantaged States, Helmut Tuerk
16: The United Nations: A Practitioner's Perspective, Hans Corell
17: Law of the Sea Convention Institutions, James Harrison
18: Courts and Tribunals: The ICJ, ITLOS, and Arbitral Tribunals, Bernard H Oxman
19: The International Maritime Organization, Aldo Chircop
20: Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Rosemary Rayfuse
21: Integrated Oceans Management: A New Frontier in Marine Environmental Protection, Karen N Scott
22: Marine Living Resources, Nele Matz-Luck and Johannes Fuchs
23: Science and the International Regulation of Marine Pollution, Elizabeth A Kirk
24: Navigational Rights and Freedoms, Yoshifumi Tanaka
25: Marine Scientific Research, Tim Stephens and Donald R Rothwell
26: Maritime Security, Natalie Klein
27: The Mediterranean Sea, Irini Papanicolopulu
28: The South China Sea, Keyuan Zou
29: North-East Atlantic and the North Sea, Ronán Long
30: The Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, David Freestone and Clive Schofield
31: The Indian Ocean and the Law of the Sea: A Work in Progress, Alex G Oude Elferink
32: Polar Oceans and Law of the Sea, Karen N Scott and David L Vanderzwaag
33: Conserving Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Co-Evolution and Interaction with the Law of the Sea, Robin M Warner
34: Warming Waters and Souring Seas: Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, Tim Stephens
35: Threatened Species and Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems, Edward J Goodwin
36: Marine Bioprospecting, Joanna Mossop
37: Piracy, Anna Petrig
38: Military Operations, James Kraska
39: Charting the Future for the Law of the Sea, Donald R Rothwell, Alex G Oude Elferink, Karen N Scott, and Tim Stephens

About the author: 

Donald R. Rothwell is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University, Australia where he has taught since 2006, and was previously Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney (2004-2006). His research areas include the law of the sea, the law of the polar regions, international security law, and international law in Australia. He is author, co-author, and editor of 16 books.; Alex G. Oude Elferink is Deputy Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea at the School of Law, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His research interests include the law of the sea, the law of the polar regions, and the relationship between international law and international relations.; Karen N. Scott is a Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Her research interests include Antarctic law and policy, the law of the sea and international environmental law. She is the editor of the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law and a member of the Advisory Board to Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury.; Tim Stephens is Professor of International Law and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Australia. He is President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

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