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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Pacific Islands

Jon M Van Dyke, Sherry Broder

Subject(s):
Exclusive fishery zone — Exclusive economic zone — Islands and artificial islands — Territorial sea

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Pacific, the world’s largest ocean, contains many of the world’s largest fish stocks and its smallest countries. Most of these isolated islands were under colonial domination from the mid-19th century or earlier until about the 1970s, when most became independent. New Zealand (Aotearoa) and Australia participate in many Pacific regional organizations and activities and are generally viewed as partners, but they play separate and distinct roles in the region because of their larger size and differences in culture and history. 2 Regionalism in the Pacific is...
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