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1 Introduction

From: The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Rights and Responsibilities

Joanna Mossop

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 May 2021

Natural resources — Marine living resources — Coastal states — Continental shelf — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

This introductory chapter describes the purpose and scope of the book. The goal is to focus on the legal issues that require coastal States to regulate activities on and above the continental shelf beyond 200 nm differently to those within 200 nm. It is also important that States with vessels navigating and conducting activities in the high seas above a coastal State’s continental shelf are aware of the extent to which coastal State regulations might appropriately limit such activities. The chapter briefly discusses the development of coastal State rights to the continental shelf. It outlines the provisions of Part VI of the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC), relating to the continental shelf. The chapter then sets out the purpose and scope of the other chapters in the book.

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