Definitions for the Law of the Sea

Terms Not Defined by the 1982 Convention

Definitions for the Law of the Sea elucidates undefined terms and phrases used in The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) itself, as well as terms used in its analysis. Based on nearly a decade of work by the American Branch of the International Law Association’s Law of the Sea Committee, the volume provides clear definitions based on usage in the Convention, rather than geographical or geological concepts.

Over 200 terms are defined in the text, alongside analyses and commentary prepared by prominent experts in the field of oceans law. Abbreviated citation forms used throughout the volume are clarified, and relevant documents are included with updated references. Definitions for the Law of the Sea is an indispensable source for governmental officials, academics and practitioners of oceans law, and serves as a supplement to the multi-volume United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: A Commentary.

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Biographical Note

George K. Walker is Professor of Law at Wake Forest University. He has written or edited of over 10 books and monographs, 50 professional journal articles or book chapters and 30 continuing education chapters. George has served as Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I. He currently chairs an International Law Association (American Branch) Law of the Sea Committee research project on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea – a project on which this book is based.

Table of contents

Foreword
I. Introduction to the Report
1. Format of the Report; Rationale for and Uses of the Report
2. Projections for the Future
3. Notes of Thanks

II. TABLE OF ABBREVIATED (SHORT) CITATIONS AND TERMS; CONVENTIONS FOR CITATIONS

III. COMMENTARIES ON FORMULATING DEFINITIONS FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA CONVENTION
A. Plan and Progression of the Project, George K. Walker
B. Sources of Law, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and the ABILA LOS Committee Definitions Project, George K. Walker
C. The Role and Relationship of Understandings, Declarations and Statements, Also Collectively Known as Interpretative or Interpretive Statements, Appended to the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and the ABILA LOS Committee Definitions Project, George K. Walker
D. Interpreting the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and Defining Its Terms, John E. Noyes
1. Treaty Interpretation and Definitions of Treaty Terms
2. Definitions in the Law of the Sea Convention
a. "Mile"
b. Definitions Relating to the Continental Shelf
c. “Ship” or “Vessel”
d. "Other Rules of International Law"
e. "Genuine Link"
3. Conclusion
E. "Words! Words! Words!: Dilemmas in Definitions, George K. Walker

IV. Definitions for the Law of the Sea: Terms Not Defined by the 1982 Convention
A. Preliminary Observations
B. Definitions for the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention

V. CONCLUSIONS

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