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In: Law, Science & Ocean Management
In: Current Marine Environmental Issues and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
In: Legal and Scientific Aspects of Continental Shelf Limits
In: Legal and Scientific Aspects of Continental Shelf Limits
In: Legal and Scientific Aspects of Continental Shelf Limits
In: Security Flashpoints
In: Security Flashpoints
In: Recent Developments in the Law of the Sea and China
Law of the Sea, Outer Space, and Antarctica
In this fourth installment of the American Classics in International Law series, John Norton Moore approaches what are generally, if perhaps misleadingly, known as “common resources” in international law. The contributions in this volume, reflecting some of the best writing in each area by American international legal scholars, cover the law of the sea, the law of outer space, and the law of Antarctica. While each is a discrete subject area, they have a shared thread of encompassing “common” areas of the oceans, space and the Antarctic continent.

From Jessup's important 1927 piece on Maritime Jurisdiction to contemporary writings on outer space law and the evolution of the Antarctic Treaty, Moore compiles a comprehensive collection of influential American scholarship spanning more than 80 years on the world's shared resources, often revealing the importance of United States foreign policy in the development of each of these areas. Brought together by an Introduction by the Editor, this volume serves as the definitive resource for the American contribution to international law and common resources.

Delivered as the Fifth Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture at the United Nations, this paper assesses the wide-ranging importance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (unclos). The Convention resulted from the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (unclos iii) which took place from 1972 to 1982.

The Convention provides a virtual constitution for over two-thirds of planet Earth. It resolved disagreements about oceans law going back at least four centuries. It deals with literally hundreds of substantive and procedural issues in its 302 Articles and nine annexes. On dispute settlement it created an important new international court, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea—along with two new arbitral procedures and a new conciliation procedure—and it created two important new functional international institutions, the International Seabed Authority and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

unclos broadly reflects community common interests rather than special interests, and today it is serving as a framework agreement for newer issues and remaining oceans governance challenges, and is largely in force with 167 state parties plus the European Union.

In: Legal Order in the World's Oceans