1 The International Seabed Authority (‘ISA’; ‘Authority’) is an autonomous international organization established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ or ‘Convention’). All States Parties to the Convention are ipso facto members of the ISA. The ISA’s chief functions relate to deep seabed mining, but it also has an important role as regards marine scientific research in the international seabed area. While from an organizational point of view it is essentially a classic international organization, its...
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