The Law of the Seabed reviews the most pressing legal questions raised by the use and protection of natural resources on and underneath the world’s seabeds.
While barely accessible, the seabed plays a major role in the Earth’s ecological balance. It is both a medium and a resource, and is central to the blue economy. New uses and new knowledge about seabed ecosystems, and the risks of disputes due to competing interests, urge reflection on which regulatory approaches to pursue.
The regulation of ocean activities is essentially sector-based, and the book puts in parallel the international and national regimes for seabed mining, oil and gas, energy generation, bottom fisheries, marine genetic resources, carbon sequestration and maritime security operations, both within and beyond the national jurisdiction.
The book contains seven parts respectively addressing the definition of the seabed from a multidisciplinary perspective, the principles of jurisdiction delimitation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the regimes for use of non-living, living and marine biodiversity resources, the role of state and non-state actors, the laying and removal of installations, the principles for sustainable and equitable use (common heritage of mankind, precaution, benefit sharing), and management tools to ensure coexistence between activities as well as the protection of the marine environment.
Catherine Banet, Ph.D (2012), is an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Department of Petroleum and Energy Law, Norway.
"This space where fewer men have walked than on the moon is crucially important for human societies. If it is becoming the object of growing industrial appetites, it is also the crucible of a life that is as surprising as it is fragile and which undoubtedly holds part of our future. To manage it is therefore a priority, to avoid destroying it before even knowing it. This book allows us to take stock, with the hindsight that the scientific approach offers us. We need to welcome it." - Isabelle Autissier, sailor, navigator, writer, President of
"This book will be an indispensable tool for future legal research. It covers, with a contemporary legal and multi-disciplinary approach, the seabed beyond and within national jurisdiction focusing more on the regimes than on the limits of the seabed zones. Environmental aspects, new utilizations and conflicting uses of the seabed play an important role. Unusually, domestic practice is also considered. The book shows that the on-going negotiation on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction cannot be seen in isolation. The Norwegian and international team of authors and the editor have done an outstanding work on a very topical subject." -Tullio Treves, Former judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Professor Emeritus,
State University of Milan, Italy
Preface Rolf Einar Fife List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Introduction: The Law of the Seabed Catherine Banet
part 1: Defining the Seabed
Characterizing the Seabed: a Geoscience Perspective Alvar Braathen and Harald Brekke
Deep-Sea Ecosystems: Biodiversity and Anthropogenic Impacts Eva Ramirez-Llodra
A Short Human History of the Ocean Floor Håkon With Andersen
part 2: Delimitation of Jurisdiction Over the Seabed and Right to Its Resources
Setting Maritime Limits and Boundaries: Experiences from Norway Harald Brekke
The Seabed in the High North – How to Address Conflicts? Alexander S. Skaridov
Current Human Impact on Antarctic Seabed Environment and International Law Y.E. Brazovskaya and G.F. Ruchkina
part 3: Exploitation of Non-Living Resources from the Seabed beyond National Jurisdiction
Commercial Mining Activities in the Deep Seabed beyond National Jurisdiction: the International Legal Framework Joanna Dingwall
Framework Legislation for Commercial Activities in the Area Erik Røsæg
Maritime Security and Deep Seabed beyond National Jurisdiction Edwin Egede
part 4: Exploitation of Marine Biodiversity and Living Resources on the Seabed beyond National Jurisdiction
The Rights to Genetic Resources beyond National Jurisdiction: Challenges for the Ongoing Negotiations at the United Nations Tullio Scovazzi
Marine Genetic Resources: a Practical Legal Approach to Stimulate Research, Conservation and Benefit Sharing Morten Walløe Tvedt
Deep-Sea Bottom Fisheries and the Protection of Seabed Ecosystems: Problems, Progress and Prospects Richard Caddell
part 5: Principles Applicable to Sovereign States When Exploiting Seabed Resources within National Jurisdiction
Review of National Legislations Applicable to Seabed Mineral Resources Exploitation Saul Roux and Catherine Horsfield
European Union Law and the Seabed Finn Arnesen, Rosa Greaves, and Alla Pozdnakova
China’s Domestic Law on the Exploration and Development of Resources in Deep Seabed Areas Chelsea Zhaoxi Chen
Implementation of Article 82 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: the Challenge for Canada Aldo Chircop
part 6: Building, Operating and Removing Installations on and under the Seabed
The Use of Sub-Seabed Transboundary Geological Formations for the Disposal of Carbon Dioxide Nigel Bankes
Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: a Fragmented and Ineffective International Regulatory Framework Seline Trevisanut
Re-using (Nearly) Depleted Oil and Gas Fields in the North Sea for CO2 Storage: Seizing or Missing a Window of Opportunity? Martha M. Roggenkamp
International Investment Law and the Regulation of the Seabed James Harrison
Navigating Legal Barriers to Mortgaging Energy Installations at Sea – the Case of the North Sea and the Netherlands Jaap J.A. Waverijn
part 7: Conflicting Uses or Coexistence, Resolving Mechanisms and Protection Regimes: Towards a More Integrated Approach
Crossing the Sectoral Divide: Modern Environmental Law Tools for Addressing Conflicting Uses on the Seabed Rosemary Rayfuse
Commercial Arrangements and Liability for Crossing Pipelines, Power Cables and Telecom Cables (Connectors) on the Seabed Lars Olav Askheim
Balancing Competing Interests When Building Marine Energy Infrastructures: the Case of the Nord Stream Pipelines David Langlet
Liability and Compensation for Activities in the Area Kristoffer Svendsen
University students, lecturers, academics/researchers, governments, law-makers, negotiators, international organisations, NGOs, lobby organisations, practitioners, commercial and in-house lawyers.