From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2021
- Marine living resources — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Coastal states — Exclusive economic zone — Continental shelf — Internal waters — Territorial sea — UN Charter — Customary international law — State practice
It may be a blatant and, most likely, unverifiable generalization that humanity knows less about the oceans than outer space.1 Lacking a Hubble telescope for the oceans,2 it is, however, in any case correct to say that without marine scientific research, we would obviously be unable to ‘explore, exploit, manage or conserve marine resources or navigate safely or to protect our coasts’,3 as the term ‘marine scientific research’ prima facie encompasses a plethora of scientific disciplines, such as biology, biotechnology, geology, chemistry, physics, geophysics,...
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