Latest United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Stories

2010-08-02 08:25:00

Scientists from the United States and Canada have announced plans to embark on a joint expedition to map the Arctic seafloor this summer. The expedition, which was announced via a July 26 press release, is set to begin today (August 2) and will run through September 6. The five-week mission marks the third straight year that the two North American nations have collaborated to study the Arctic seafloor and the continental shelf. According to the press release, one main focus of the expedition...

2009-05-12 13:10:00

A U.N. deadline on May 13th over maritime boundaries will attempt to solve disputes over the seabed from the South China Sea to the North Pole, Reuters reported. A U.N. Commission that aims to set limits for national rights to everything from oil and gas to life on the ocean floor is asking most coastal states to define their continental shelves (areas of shallower water offshore) by Wednesday. Harald Brekke, a Norwegian official who is a vice-chair of the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the...

2009-05-05 09:30:00

PRINCETON, N.J., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a new article appearing within the forthcoming issue of the Santa Clara Journal of International Law entitled, What Goes Around, Comes Around: How UNCLOS Ratification Will Herald Europe's Precautionary Principle as US Law, international attorney Lawrence Kogan calls upon all Americans to immediately exercise their constitutionally guaranteed 'right to know'. This article identifies the multiple pathways through which global environmental...

2009-04-15 16:49:30

Norway agreed to limits on its northern seabed on Wednesday, becoming the first Arctic state to establish such territorial boundaries. The move is part of a regional territorial shuffle driven in part by the potential of finding gas and oil. Norway's newly defined continental shelf, which stops short of the North Pole, covers 90,740 sq miles, roughly three-quarters the size of mainland Norway, said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.  To the north, the shelf ends 341.8 miles from the...

2009-04-02 07:45:00

Modern technology and global demand have collaborated to make mining precious metals from the colossal, mysterious depths of the ocean floor economically practical for the first time in history, the Associated Press reported.  In New Guinea, a progressive project is underway and new guidelines to preside over deep sea mining will be assigned by an international authority this spring. Scientists, businessmen and policymakers representing 20 countries will meet in Cape Cod on Thursday for...

2008-07-24 00:00:29

By Evangeline Majawat KUALA LUMPUR: Singapore's claims of territorial waters and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around Pedra Branca contravene the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) 1982, of which it is a signatory. All 156 states, including Malaysia and Singapore, who have signed and ratified the convention are legally bound to its principles. Established on Dec 10, 1982, Unclos is the international regime of law which governs all uses of the sea and its...

2008-06-15 21:00:08

By Evangeline Majawat THE Pedra Branca and Middle Rocks decision by the International Court of Justice has thrown the spotlight on previously unknown, and even uncared for, islands, shoals, rocks and other maritime features. Maritime Institute of Malaysia director-general Datuk Cheah Kong Wai and Research Fellow Capt Rakish Suppiah explain to EVANGELINE MAJAWAT just what ownership of these dots in the ocean means. Q: What are the international maritime laws which govern the seas?...

2007-07-26 03:15:49

By Prows, Peter The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) represents the culmination of thousands of years of international relations, conflict, and now nearly universal adherence to an enduring order for ocean space that is the most significant achievement for international law since the U.N. Charter. UNCLOS establishes international property law erga omnes that, by legal and political necessity, required a bargained consensus to be effective. This bargain, in...

2005-06-08 20:00:00

Vast genetic resources "“ "blue gold" on the international deep sea floor "“ need protection from unfettered commercial exploitation, warns a new report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Increasingly recognized as important to humankind for their potential medical and other uses, deep sea resources are now more accessible and vulnerable than ever because of rapid advances in exploration technology, the report says. Known as...

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