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17 The Law of the Sea Convention Institutions

James Harrison

From: The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea

Edited By: Donald R. Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, Karen N. Scott, Tim Stephens

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 May 2021

Law of the sea — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Continental shelf — International procedural law — International organizations

This chapter examines the institutional framework in place to oversee the implementation and development of the law of the sea regime. In particular, it focuses on the institutions established by the Convention, including the meeting of the States Parties, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and the International Seabed Authority. It firsts considers the drafting history of the institutional framework established by the Convention. It then explores some of the ambiguities surrounding the mandates of these institutions and how the subsequent practice of States has approached these issues. The institutional framework for overseeing the development of the Convention includes not only these institutions, but also a range of other autonomous institutions with a mandate related to maritime affairs. The chapter explores the interrelationship between the Convention institutions and other international bodies, asking whether there is a coherent institutional framework in this field of law.

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