The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Part XI Regime and the International Seabed Authority: A Twenty-Five Year Journey

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Part XI Regime and the International Seabed Authority: A Twenty-Five Year Journey, adopts a unique multidisciplinary approach by focusing on the legal, scientific, and economic perspectives of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the Convention. Central to its theme is raising awareness of the important role of the International Seabed Authority and how much it has achieved over the last 25 years in creating a regime for deep seabed mining. Through the rich and wide range of contributions, readers will be able to draw interesting new insight into the Authority’s evolutionary work as well as its legal framework.

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Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera joined the Authority as Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General in 2017. Previously, he served as a career diplomat for twenty years in a number of positions, including the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.

Myron H. Nordquist served as the Associate Director at the University of Virginia School of Law and Editor-in-Chief for the Centre for Oceans Law and Policy and for the seven-volume set titled UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: A Commentary sponsored by the Virginia Centre. He has edited more than 70 books on law of the sea topics and has authored several scholarly articles on oceans law, national security, and international law.
Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Table
Notes on Contributors

Part 1: Introductory Chapter


Introduction: The International Seabed Authority
A Twenty-Five-Year Journey
Myron H. Nordquist and Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera

Introduction: Statement by H.E. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority at the Opening of the International Conference on Legal, Scientific and Economic Aspects of Deep Seabed Mining, Kingston, Jamaica, 14–16 November 2019
Michael Lodge

The International Seabed Authority at Twenty-Five
  The Status of the UNCLOS Notion of the Common Heritage of Mankind under International Law – Keynote Address
Patrick Robinson

The International Seabed Authority and the United Nations
A Success Story of Cooperation
Vladimir Jares

Part 2: The Evolution of the International Seabed Authority from 1994 to Date


1 A Historical Perspective
The Evolution of the International Seabed Authority
Michael Wood

2 Deep-Seabed Mining
The Debate Continues
Stephen Vasciannie

Part 3: Common Heritage of Mankind and Capacity Building under UNCLOS


3 The “Common Heritage of Mankind” Principle and the Equitable Sharing of Benefits
Frida M. Armas-Pfirter

4 The Enterprise under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Common Heritage of Mankind
Eden Charles

5 Gender Leadership for the UN Decade of Ocean Science
The Pioneering Role of the International Seabed Authority
Ronán Long, Zhen Sun and Mariamalia Rodríguez Chaves

Part 4: Dispute Settlement and Right to Redress under Part XI of UNCLOS


6 The Role of the Seabed Disputes Chamber in Dispute Settlement Relating to Activities in the Area
Albert J. Hoffmann

7 Checks and Balances on the Regulatory Powers of the International Seabed Authority
James Harrison

Part 5: Scientific Aspects of Deep Seabed Mining


8 Deep-Ocean Polymetallic Nodules and Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts in the Global Ocean
New Sources for Critical Metals
James R. Hein and Kira Mizell

9 Future of Deep-Seabed Mineral Resources
Environmental Issues
Philomène Verlaan

Part 6: Sponsoring States and Liability Issues


10 Contractors’ Liability and the Sponsoring States’ Role in Enhancing the Liability of the Contractors
Guifang (Julia) Xue and Xiangxin Xu

11 The International Seabed Authority as Claimant for Damage to the Marine Environment Resulting from Activities in the Area
Problems and Prospects
Tara Davenport

12 Insurance and Compensation Fund Design for Deep Seabed Liability
Lessons from Existing Civil Liability Regimes
Neil Craik

Future Prospects

13 The Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area
“A Work in Progress”
Kathy-Ann Brown

14 The Future IS the Present
María Teresa Infante Caffi

15 An ISA Side Issue
UNCLOS, Article 82 and Revenue Sharing
Ted L. McDorman

Index
Academics, diplomats, international law practitioners, scientists, environmental specialists.
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