Continental Shelf Limits: The Scientific and Legal Interface by Peter J. Cook, Chris M. Carleton

By Peter J. Cook, Chris M. Carleton

Article seventy six of the United international locations conference at the legislations of the ocean lays down the foundations and laws governing claims to a continental shelf past two hundred nautical miles for the one hundred thirty coastal States and entities that experience ratified or acceded to it. This e-book is designed to aid these coastal States enforce the provisions of Article seventy six, overlaying the technical concerns concerned and explaining the interface among the felony recommendations contained in the article. It covers all points that might must be thought of via a coastal nation if it needs to make a declare lower than the conference, together with the features of continental margins, distance decision, bathymetric info assortment. geological and geophysical options, and boundary conditions.

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If the Commission's recommendations are acceptable to the coastal State, then the State may establish the outer limits in a manner based on the Commission's recommendations; those limits are then final and binding. If the views of the Commission are not acceptable to the submitting State, then the State must make another submission. Theoretically, this process could go on indefinitely. It is for the Commission to make recommendations in accordance with article 76 and consider the scientific information within the legal parameters of the Convention.

121). The paragraph does not purport to qualify paragraphs 1 and 3, and therefore, paragraph 6 is problematic. There is no indication in the travaux preparatoires that the provision has any known and accepted applicability. Oceanic ridge issues are discussed in chapter 18. 2). This provision helps ameliorate the complexity of the final definition. It provides minimum requirements which may be factored into a coastal State's plans for studying its continental margin. Thus, the outer limit need not follow precisely particular features or follow all indentations in the features of the continental shelf.

6 to describe features that are "natural components of the continental margin" (art. 6) adds further weight to the view that it is the geomorphic natural prolongation and continental margin that are being referred to in article 76 (see discussion in chapter 18). IB) and embraces both the geomorphic and subsurface characteristics of the margin. This view builds on the 1969 ICJ judgment in the North Sea continental shelf cases (International Court of Justice, 1969) and subsequent interpretations of its significance (O'Connell, 1982).

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