Cracks in the Ice Cover; The Need for a Review of the Legal Status of the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf
Article from: OGEL 2 (2012), in Polar Energy Law (Arctic, Antarctic)
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea applies a legal regime to the Arctic Ocean which urgently need reconsidering before the Arctic is exploited. No new legal regime is necessary but the interested Coastal States must immediately comply with their Convention obligations to address the Arctic marine environment and regulation of economic activity there. Beyond the Exclusive Economic Zones of the Arctic Coastal States, there lies a large portion of the Arctic where their rights to exploit seabed resources are bound to conflict with rights of access to the High ...