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10 The International Seabed Area

Helmut Tuerk

From: The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law: Volume I: The Law of the Sea

Edited By: David J Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Norman A Martínez Gutiérrez

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

Continental shelf — Marine living resources — Marine environment, protection — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — Airspace
The concept of the ‘international seabed area’1 gradually emerged in the course of the negotiations leading to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and became an integral part of the ‘package deal’ embodied in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).2 The Convention has put this area—as a ‘common heritage of mankind’—under the supervision and control of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), acting on behalf of ‘mankind as a whole’.3 The term ‘international seabed area’ is generally used in academic discussions and...
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