Handbook on Ocean Politics & Law

Handbook on Ocean Politics & Law

Handbook on Ocean Politics & Law

Handbook on Ocean Politics & Law

Synopsis

This comprehensive handbook provides background information and analysis on the full range of contemporary ocean use issues. Coverage includes the development of ocean law, the evolving uses of oceans, data on living and non-living ocean resources, the environmental impact of pollution, and competing national claims over ocean exploration. The volume also summarizes the must current research available on the uses of oceans, incorporates the salient portions of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention in the topical surveys and analyses presented, and discusses all of the other major international conventions that have dealt with global ocean or marine affairs.

Excerpt

For more than two decades, from the 1960s to the 1980s, there has been a cascade of literature on the evolution of the new law of the sea and on the multifarious uses of the oceans. These voluminous studies were inspired and stimulated by the seabed debate in the United Nations General Assembly in the 1960s, which eventually led to the convening of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea in 1974-1982. Studies on ocean affairs encompass a wide range of subject matter, from ocean boundary delimitation and disputes to fishery conservation and management to seabed mineral resources exploitation and exploration. Taken as a whole, they are multidisciplinary in nature. Thus there is a need for a single-volume reference handbook to provide accurate, comprehensive and timely background information and analysis on these multifaceted subjects for libraries, universities, governmental and nongovernmental agencies concerned with global ocean affairs.

This handbook is arranged in five parts: a global overview on the physical features of the oceans; a brief survey of international conferences on the uses of the oceans and the evolution of international principles on the law of the sea; ocean resources and their economic and political management for both living and nonliving resources, including seabed mining; ocean environmental protection and pollution prevention; and ocean uses such as military, navigation and transport, and marine scientific research.

The handbook contains a number of features. First, it incorporates in the various topical surveys and analyses the salient portions of the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. in addition, whenever appropriate, pertinent reference is made to all major international conventions that have dealt with global ocean or marine affairs. Third, there are numerous charts and tables, which provide useful supplements to the handbook text. Finally, as a convenient guide to users, each chapter includes useful reference notes listing pertinent studies on the various subjects. the appendix includes a chronological list of international conventions . . .

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