The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: A Commentary.pdf

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: A Commentary.pdf


The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) entered into force in 1994 and has since been ratified by about 160 states, including all the Member States of the EU and the EU itself. The Convention defines the rights and duties of national states with regard to the use of the seas. UNCLOS consolidates customary international law and various Conventions previously adopted by the international community. This Treaty, the most comprehensive ever concluded, is often referred to as 'the constitution for the seas'. This Commentary focuses particularly on the interaction between UNCLOS and the European legal order, for example in the field of the prevention or the reduction of environmental pollution and the fair distribution of natural resources.

Alexander Prolss is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Trier, specialising in the law of the sea. The contributors are renowned experts in the law of the sea in various countries.

Part I. Introduction Part II. Territorial sea and contiguous zone Part III. Straits used for international navigation Part IV. Archipelagic states Part V. Exclusive economic zone Part VI. Continental shelf Part VII. High seas Part VIII. Regime of islands Part IX. Enclosed or semi-enclosed seas Part X. Right of access of land locked states to and from the sea and freedom of transit Part XI. The area Part XII. Protection and preservation of the marine environment Part XIII. Marine scientific research Part XIV. Development and transfer of marine technology Part XV. Settlement of disputes Part XVI. General provisions Part XVII. Final provisions Authors Dr Richard Barnes, University of Hull, UK Professor KristinKirstin Bartenstein, Universite Laval, Quebec Richard Caddell, Swansea University, UK Professor Aldo Chircup, Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Canada Professor Detlef Czybulka, University Rostock, Germany Professor Erik Franckx, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Dr Maria Gavouneli, University of Athens, Greece Dr Douglas Guilfoyle, University College London, UK Professor Ellen Hey, University of Rotterdam, Netherlands


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