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In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy
In: Changes in the Arctic Environment and the Law of the Sea
In: The Oceans in the Nuclear Age
In: The 1982 Law of the Sea Convention at 30
In: The Regulation of Continental Shelf Development
Author: Ted L. McDorman

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission) is a technical/scientific body established under the Law of the Sea Convention to examine submissions made by coastal States respecting their outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200-n. miles. The exercise is one of a technical body dealing with a political decision—the determination by a coastal State of the outer limits (the boundary) of its continental shelf. This presentation will examine the practice and operation of the Commission in this delicate domain over the last 20-plus years with the overall conclusion being that the Commission has understood the “political nature” of its task and adopted a rightly cautious approach where the role of the Commission might stray too directly into political matters.

In: Legal Order in the World's Oceans
In: Marine Pollution Contingency Planning
In: Governing Ocean Resources