Sea-Bed Energy and Minerals: The International Legal Regime

Volume 1, The Continental Shelf


This first book in a three-volume work on Sea-Bed Energy and Minerals: The International Legal Regime is concerned with the law governing the exploitation of energy and mineral resources in two quite different sub-marine areas. Volume 1 deals with the areas within the limits of national jurisdiction, that is, all of the submarine areas extending from the coast to the seaward limit of the continental shelf. As its subtitle indicates, this volume is predominantly concerned with The Continental Shelf.
Although the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has still not entered into force, and, indeed, may not do so for many years for some of the major maritime powers, its adoption in 1982 did, nonetheless, usher in a period of relative stability in the rules governing the areas within national jurisdiction, including, in particular, the continental shelf. However, being the creatures of compromise, some of its rules are undeniably vague and it has been left to State practice and international courts and tribunals to develop these rules further, especially those relating to the delimitation of the continental shelf between neighbouring States.
Volume 1 provides an analysis of the rules of conventional and custromary law in the light of this practice.
Volume 2, on Sea-Bed Mining, deals with the area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, that is, the submarine area lying seaward of the outer limit of the continental shelf. Volume 3, which will be published at the same time as Volume 2, will provide Documents, Tables and Bibliography relating to the subject matter of the first two volumes.

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' This volume belongs on the desks of specialists in marine affairs and on the shelves of research libraries and concerned national and international governmental agencies.' Maritime Political Management, 21:2 1991.
Preface. Table of Cases. Table of Statutes and Other Municipal Instruments. Table of Treaties. Table of Figures. Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. Scope of Study and Introduction to the International Law of the Sea. Part 1: The Areas within National Jurisdiction. 2. The Areas within National Jurisdiction: Introduction. 3. Internal Waters, the Territorial Sea, Archipelagic Waters and the Contiguous Zone. 4. The Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone: The Outer Limit. 5. The Continental Shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone Delimitation between States with Opposite or Adjacent Coasts: I: Introduction and Provisions of UN Convention 1982. 6. II: From the Truman Proclamation to the North Sea Continental Shelf Cases. 7. III: The Anglo-French Continental Shelf Case. 8. IV: The Continental Shelf between Iceland and Jan Mayen Agreement Based on Conciliation. 9. V: The Tunisia-Libya Continental Shelf Case. 10. VI: State Practice 1969-1982. 11. VII: The Gulf of Maine Case (1984): The Establishment of a Single Maritime Boundary. 12. VIII: The Libya-Malta Continental Shelf Case (1985). 13. IX: The Maritime Boundary between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau Award of Court of Arbitration (1985). 14. X: Determination of the Maritime Boundary between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal Arbitral Award of 13 July 1989. 15. XI: State Practice Post-UNCLOS III. 16. XII: The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982. XIII: The Exclusive Economic Zone, the Exclusive Fishing Zone and Single Maritime Boundaries. XIV: Conclusion: The Present State of the Law. 17. The International Regime of the Continental Shelf. 18. Pollution Arising from the Exploration of the Continental Shelf and the Exploitation of its Natural Resources. Appendix: Treaties on Delimitation of Maritime Zones. Index.