The evolution of the law of the sea has had extensive intellectual and doctrinal effects on the development of international law as broadly conceived. For much of its history, the law of nations has been preoccupied with the creation and management of regimes to govern what is arguably the largest, most diverse, and most significant shared resource on the planet. The oceans not only account for three-fifths of the Earth's face, but also to be considered is the navigation and trade that flows on their surfaces, the bounty of their waters, and seabeds (both living...
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