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Signe Veierud Busch

In Establishing Continental Shelf Limits Beyond 200 Nautical Miles by the Coastal State: A Right of Involvement for Other States?, Signe Veierud Busch undertakes a study of all coastal State submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and asks under which circumstances and to what extent States other than the coastal State may intervene in the process of establishing final and binding continental shelf limits.

After analysing relevant provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Commission’s Rules of Procedure compared with the practice of States and the Commission, Busch raises the overall question if the possibility for other States to block the work of the Commission may in fact be undermining the mandate and functions of the Commission.


Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen

Marine Protected Areas in International law – an Arctic perspective, introduces and analyzes the legal rights and obligations of states under international law, using Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as a tool to protect marine biodiversity. The fragile Arctic marine environment is under growing pressure from climate change and the prospect of increasing human activity affecting previously untouched areas. The conservation of Arctic marine biodiversity is a pressing and global concern, not least because the melting of sea ice will have widespread effects. By analyzing regional cooperation through the OSPAR Convention and under the Arctic Council, Jakobsen examines the implementation of the global legal framework for biodiversity protection and conservation in the Arctic. The book has a particular focus on the possibilities of the states to regulate shipping within the MPAs, as the increasing shipping activities represent a major threat to the sensitive marine Arctic.


Edited by Intl. Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention.
This volume contains the texts of the judicial decisions rendered by the Tribunal in the year 2015 in English and French.


Edited by Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout and Moira L. McConnell

Devoted to assessing the state of ocean and coastal governance, knowledge, and management, the Ocean Yearbook provides information in one convenient resource.

As in previous editions, articles provide multidisciplinary expert perspectives on contemporary issues. Each new volume draws on policy studies, international relations, international and comparative law, management, marine sciences, economics, and social sciences. Each volume contains key recent legal and policy instruments.

The Yearbook is a collaborative initiative of the International Ocean Institute ( in Malta and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute ( at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

The Yearbook is now available online. Learn more about the electronic product here.

Challenges of the Changing Arctic

Continental Shelf, Navigation, and Fisheries


Edited by Myron H. Nordquist, John Norton Moore and Ronán Long

The law and policy for the Arctic are increasingly of international interest, largely due to the melting of the Arctic ice cap. Challenges of the Changing Arctic: Continental Shelf, Navigation, and Fisheries includes contributions from global specialists dealing with the geomorphologic context, maritime delimitation and specialized topics raised by promising oil and gas prospects, particularly in the extensive continental shelf presented by Russia to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Arctic shipping has entered a novel, untested phase with keen interest in the opening of ice free shipping lanes and proposed regulatory regimes. Fish in the North Atlantic are moving north disrupting historic fishing patterns as well as traditional fish stocks. Agreements on the allocation of shared fish stocks pose significant management challenges. Both littoral and non-littoral user nations are concerned with maritime security as well as search and rescue preparations given the anticipated increased use of the Arctic Ocean.

These and many other of the most pressing issues are addressed in this important volume, making it a must-read for all those interested in environmental law and the law of the sea.


Edited by Coalter Lathrop

International Maritime Boundaries is the primary comprehensive reference source for international state practice concerning maritime boundary delimitation, and is used and referenced widely by practitioners of international law.

International Maritime Boundaries is now available online. Learn more about the electronic product here.


Edited by ITLOS

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is an autonomous judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention. The Tribunal is open to States Parties to the Convention. It is also open to entities other than States Parties (States and international organizations non-parties to the Convention and natural or juridical persons) in cases provided for in the Convention or other agreements conferring jurisdiction on the Tribunal.

The Yearbook - Annuaire will give lawyers and the general public access to information about the jurisdiction, procedure and organization of the Tribunal and also about its composition and activities in 2014. The Yearbook is prepared by the Registry of the Tribunal. Until 2007, it was published in two separate volumes, English ( Yearbook) and French ( Annuaire). Since 2008, the Yearbook - Annuaire is published as a bilingual volume.

Le Tribunal international du droit de la mer est un organe judiciaire indépendant, créé par la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer, pour connaître des différends relatifs à l’interprétation et l’application de la Convention. Le Tribunal est ouvert aux Etats Parties à la Convention. Il est également ouvert à des entités autres que les Etats Parties (Etats et organisations internationales non parties à la Convention et personnes physiques et morales) dans les cas prévus par la Convention ou par d’autres accords conférant compétence au Tribunal.

Le Yearbook - Annuaire met à la disposition des juristes et du public dans son ensemble les informations essentielles concernant la compétence, la procédure et l’organisation du Tribunal, ainsi que la composition et les activités de celui-ci au cours de l’année 2014. L’Annuaire est rédigé par le Greffe du Tribunal. Jusqu’à l’année 2007, il était publié sous la forme de deux volumes séparés, en anglais ( Yearbook) et en français ( Annuaire). Depuis 2008, le Yearbook - Annuaire est publié sous la forme d’un volume bilingue.

Contemporary Developments in International Law

Essays in Honour of Budislav Vukas

Edited by Rüdiger Wolfrum, Maja Seršić and Trpimir Šošić

For the Liber Amicorum, dedicated to Professor Budislav Vukas, his colleagues and former students have contributed essays on topical issues of contemporary international law, primarily in the fields that were the focus of Professor Vukas’s interest during his long-lasting academic and international career at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Labour Organization, the Institut de Droit International and many other law schools and international institutions and organizations. The essays in this collection, thus, deal with current developments concerning the subjects of international law (i.a. jurisdictional immunities of states, responsibility of states, international organizations, other non-state entities), the law of the sea (i.a. jurisdictional zones, delimitation, piracy, underwater cultural heritage protection, fisheries, land-locked states), human rights law, including minorities’ protection (i.a. European Court of Human Rights, humanitarian assistance, protection in the event of disasters, social and labour rights, rights of the child), and dispute settlement (i.a. International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, arbitration, diplomatic means). Of the 49 essays written by scholars and practitioners from different parts of the world six are in French.


Edited by Gudmundur Alfredsson and Timo Koivurova

The Yearbook of Polar Law is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre/University of Lapland) in Finland and covers a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic. These include:
- human rights issues, such as autonomy and self-government vs. self-determination, the rights of indigenous peoples to land and natural resources and cultural rights and cultural heritage, indigenous traditional knowledge,
- local, national, regional and international governance issues,
- environmental law, climate change, security and environment implications of climate change, protected areas and species,
- regulatory, governance and management agreements and arrangements for marine environments, marine mammals, fisheries conservation and other biological/mineral/oil resources,
- law of the sea, the retreating sea ice, continental shelf claims,
- territorial claims and border disputes on both land and at sea,
- peace and security, dispute settlement,
- jurisdictional and other issues re the exploration, exploitation and shipping of oil, gas and minerals, bio prospecting,
- trade law, potential shipping lines through the northwest and northeast passages, maritime law and transportation law, and
- the roles and actual involvement of international organizations in the Polar Regions, such as the Arctic Council, the Antarctic Treaty System, the European Union, the International Whaling Commission, the Nordic Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the United Nations, as well as NGOs.

Many of the papers in this volume are based on presentations at the 7th Polar Law Symposium held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 28 – 30 October 2014.

Basic Texts / Textes de base

3rd edition (2015)

Edited by ITLOS

This volume contains a selection of documents that are basic to the work of the Tribunal, in parallel presentation in English and French. It reproduces the following documents:
- the Statute of the Tribunal;
- the Rules of the Tribunal as amended;
- the Resolution on the internal judicial practice;
- the Guidelines concerning the preparation and presentation of cases;
- the Guidelines concerning the posting of a bond or other financial security with the Registrar;
- the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;
- the Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the Convention on the Law of the Sea;
- the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Tribunal.
In addition, it also contains the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, as well as an index to the documents published, in English and French.

Ce volume contient un ensemble de documents de base du Tribunal en langues anglaise et française, présentés dans une édition bilingue. Il s’agit des documents suivants :
- le Statut du Tribunal ;
- le Règlement du Tribunal tel qu’amendé ;
- la Résolution sur la pratique en matière judiciaire ;
- les Lignes directrices concernant la préparation et la présentation des affaires ;
- les Lignes directrices concernant le dépôt d'une caution ou autre garantie financière auprès du Greffier ;
- la Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer de 1982 ;
- l’Accord relatif à la mise en œuvre de la Partie XI de la Convention sur le droit de la mer ;
- l’Accord sur les privilèges et immunités du Tribunal.
Le volume contient en outre le texte de l’Accord conclu en 1995 aux fins de l’application des dispositions de la Convention de Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer du 10 décembre 1982 relative à la conservation et à la gestion des stocks de poissons dont les déplacements s’effectuent tant à l’intérieur qu’au-delà de zones économiques exclusives (stocks chevauchants) et des stocks de poissons grands migrateurs, ainsi qu’un index des documents reproduits, en langues anglaise et française.