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Law of the Sea

UNCLOS as a Living Treaty

'Law of the Sea: UNCLOS as a Living Treaty' is a book edited by Jill Barrett and Richard Barnes. It was published by BIICL in July 2016 and may be purchased here.

"The papers in this volume [are] prepared by a very distinguished group of the most expert, and most perceptive, commentators on the contemporary law of the sea ...The insight that each of them brings to the peculiar strengths and weaknesses of UNCLOS as an expression of, and vehicle for, international co-operation and co-ordination makes this a volume of exceptional interest and importance." Professor Vaughan Lowe QC

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) now has nearly 170 States parties and is still attracting new ones. Often described as the "Constitution of the Sea", it sets the legal framework for all matters concerning the world's oceans. This book provides original thinking on a broad range of issues relating to maritime delimitation, exploiting the outer continental shelf, emerging international energy issues at sea, the relationship between climate change and law of the sea, protecting human security and the marine environment, China's approach to UNCLOS, and the settlement of disputes for States and the European Union.

The book analyses the fundamental nature of UNCLOS and concludes that it may now be characterised as a "living treaty" due to its capacity to adapt to new realities. It goes on to assess just how alive UNCLOS is, in the sense of its quality of life or vitality, and how well equipped it is to meet the challenges of the future.

Authors are leading specialists in the law of the sea and include scholars of international law and geology, legal practitioners, government practitioners and a former ITLOS judge. The book will be an important asset for all readers interested in contemporary developments in the law of the sea.

'Law of the Sea: UNCLOS as a Living Treaty' published by BIICL in July 2016.

ISBN: 978-1-905221-52-3

Table of Contents

Author Biographies

Book Cover

Price for Non-members: £40

Price for BIICL Members: £24

To buy now, please visit the book sales page. For enquiries, please contact David Hyatt, BIICL Publications Co-ordinator.

Contributing Authors

Jill Barrett, Malcolm Evans, David Ong, Lindsay Parson, Robin Churchill, Catherine Redgwell, Maria Gavouneli, Alan Boyle, David Freestone, Nilufer Oral, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Douglas Guilfoyle, Keyuan Zou, David H Anderson, Ronán Long and Richard Barnes

plus Foreword by Vaughan Lowe and Reflections by Michael Wood

The inspiration for this book project began with the BIICL "UNCLOS at 30" conference held in Belfast in November 2012.

Related projects

Law of the Sea - Rights and Duties of States in the Undelimited Maritime Area