The Deep Seabed

Legal and political challenges

Authored by: Tullio Scovazzi

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822

10.4324/9780203115398.ch29

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Abstract

Under Art. 136 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1 the ‘Area’, that is the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, and its resources, are the common heritage of mankind. This is the main innovating aspect of the UNCLOS with respect to the previous law of the sea regime. It is based on a new concept that is completely different from the traditional regimes of sovereignty, which applies in the territorial sea, and of freedom, which applies on the high seas.

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