Law of the Sea

Corine Wood Donnelly

in International Relations

ISBN: 9780199743292
Published online March 2011 | | DOI:
Law of the Sea

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The law of the sea is a living component of international public law and domestic law. The historical foundations of the modern regime of maritime law date back to the debate between the Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius and the English jurist John Selden, who deliberated over the nature of the sea and its ability to be controlled by man through acts of sovereignty. Those deliberations continue to be reflected in contemporary debates of the law of sea; only the nature and focus of the debate have changed and the debate has turned from theoretical discourse to a decidedly technical discussion. Contemporary discourse focuses on specialized topics, including the continental shelf, exclusive economic zones, pollution, and resources of the sea, which have been presented in the single document of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The law of the sea has received much attention since the early 20th century, seeing several “generations” of international maritime law with UNCLOS Conventions presented in 1958 and 1960, finally culminating in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which entered into force in 1994. With the international ratification of this convention, its regulations have become the guidelines for oceans today. This bibliography represents the discourse of specialized topics of maritime law found within UNCLOS III, the contemporary legal framework for the law of the sea, including the growing relevance of dispute settlement necessary as states seek to apply the convention to their maritime activities.

Article.  7866 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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