The Law of the Sea and International Conflict Over Undersea Mining: Which Way is up?

By Denise Russell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Under the Law of the Sea, coastal states may be granted sovereign rights to the continental shelf up to 350 nautical miles from their coast. These rights allow for undersea mining. Various nations are making moves to exercise these rights in the Arctic and Southern Oceans especially concerning oil and gas deposits. The claims conflict with each other and also with environmental concerns about the dangers of mining in the Polar regions. These concerns are not limited to the possibility of local damage to fragile environments but also relate to the impact of mining on global carbon dioxide levels and hence the quality of life on earth. The Law of the Sea offers little help in deciding between these claims and concerns and fuels the international conflict.

Keywords: Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea, Undersea Mining, Climate Change

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.129-138. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.247KB).

Dr. Denise Russell

Research Fellow, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong, Thirroul, NSW, Australia

Dr. Denise Russell has worked in philosophy focussing on epistemology, political theory and environmental ethics for thirty years. She is now a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia. Her previous position was Associate Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. She has published numerous articles in these fields. Her most recent work is a book on ocean policy entitled: ‘Who Rules the Waves? Piracy, Overfishing and Mining the Oceans’ to be published by Pluto, U.K. She is very concerned about the state of the oceans and the possible impacts of global warming.


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