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The Law of the SeaProgress and Prospects$
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David Freestone, Richard Barnes, and David Ong

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199299614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.001.0001

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The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects

The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects

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(p.1) 1 The Law of the Sea: Progress and Prospects
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The Law of the Sea
Author(s):

Richard Barnes

David Freestone

David M Ong

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.003.0001

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) came into effect on November 16, 1994, more than ten years after it was concluded in December 1982, and after more than nine years of previous negotiations. There is no doubt that its conclusion represented an outstanding achievement of international law. The 320 Articles and 9 Annexes have been hailed as the modern constitution of the oceans, and the famous ‘package deal’ that it represented addressed many of the problematic issues that conventions had been unable to settle. It proclaimed a new agenda for the oceans, ocean regulation, and ocean space, with a number of innovative concepts such as exclusive economic zone, archipelagic status, and the deep seabed; it embraced new obligations, such as protection of the marine environment. This book offers a critical review of the LOSC and its relationship to, and interface with, the wide range of developments that have occurred since 1982.

Keywords:   United Nations Convention, oceans, exclusive economic zone, archipelagic status, deep seabed, marine environment, international law, ocean regulation, ocean space

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