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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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Submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in Cases of Unresolved Land and Maritime Disputes: The Significance of Article 76(10) of the Convention on the Law of the Sea

Submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in Cases of Unresolved Land and Maritime Disputes: The Significance of Article 76(10) of the Convention on the Law of the Sea

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(p.161) 9 Submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in Cases of Unresolved Land and Maritime Disputes: The Significance of Article 76(10) of the Convention on the Law of the Sea
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The Law of the Sea
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Constance Johnson

Alex G Oude Elferink

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299614.003.0009

At the start of the negotiations at the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III, 1973-1982), the law concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf was ill-defined, and there was considerable uncertainty about its implications. In 1967, a call was made to establish a regime for the deep seabed, based on the principle that it constituted the common heritage of mankind. In order to define the international deep seabed area, clearly defined limits would be necessary between areas under national jurisdiction, and the deep seabed beyond. Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) is intended to address this issue. This chapter discusses the provisions of Article 76(10) of the LOSC, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and matters relating to the delimitation of maritime boundaries between states, and state practice concerning submissions involving land or maritime disputes.

Keywords:   United Nations Conference, maritime disputes, continental shelf, deep seabed, national jurisdiction, delimitation, maritime boundaries, Continental Shelf

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