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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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Administering the Mineral Resources of the Deep Seabed

Administering the Mineral Resources of the Deep Seabed

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(p.75) 5 Administering the Mineral Resources of the Deep Seabed
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The Law of the Sea
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Satya Nandan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.003.0005

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is one of the three new institutions established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC), the other two being the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The ISA is mandated to administer the mineral resources of the deep seabed outside areas of national jurisdiction, which are referred to in the LOSC as 'the Area'. The Area is defined in the LOSC as ‘the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction’. This chapter discusses the ISA powers, structure, and principal organs; other adjustments in the 1994 agreement; regulations for prospecting and exploration of polymetallic nodules; and regulations for polymetallic sulfides and cobalt-rich crusts.

Keywords:   International Seabed Authority, United Nations Convention, deep seabed, mineral resources, national jurisdiction, polymetallic nodules, polymetallic sulfides, cobalt-rich crusts, prospecting, exploration

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