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Antarctica in International Law

Editor(s): Ben Saul, Tim Stephens
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Published: 26-03-2015
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 1136
ISBN: 9781849467315
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Documents in International Law
Dimensions: 244 x 169 mm
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About Antarctica in International Law

Antarctica, one of the world's last great wildernesses, presents special challenges for international law. Fears that Antarctica would become a front in the Cold War catalysed agreement on the 1959 Antarctic Treaty which neither legitimised nor challenged the existing sovereign claims to the continent. The unique Antarctic Treaty System has provided the foundation for peaceful, harmonious and effective governance. There are, however, new anxieties about the frozen continent and the Southern Ocean. Antarctica already feels the effects of climate change and ocean acidification. Claimant states assert rights to the Antarctic continental shelf and interest in Antarctic resources grows. Tourism brings new environmental and safety risks. China and other powers are increasing their activities, with some questioning the consensus of the 'Antarctic club'. Security concerns are increasingly discussed, despite Antarctica's dedication to peaceful purposes. This book brings together the main primary international materials concerning the regulation and governance of Antarctica, including multilateral and bilateral treaties, United Nations materials, 'soft laws' and judicial decisions. It covers the spectrum of Antarctic issues from environmental protection to scientific cooperation to tourism. As it shows, Antarctic law has constantly adapted to meet new challenges and is a sophisticated, inclusive, dynamic and responsive regime.

Table Of Contents

International Instruments of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS)
Other International Instruments of the ATS
Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty
Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCM) (1963–2013)
Other Selected ATCM Instruments
Other ATCM Materials
Committee for Environmental Protection under the 1991 Protocol (CEP)
Selected ATCM Instruments Related to CEP Issues
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources under the 1980 Convention (CCAMLR)
Conservation Measures in Force 2013–2014
Category 10 – Compliance
Category 11 – Notifications
Category 22 Gear Regulations
Category 23 – Data Reporting
Category 24 – Research and Experiments
Category 25 – Minimisation of Incidental Mortality
Category 26 – Environmental Protection
Category 31 – General Measures
Category 32 – Fishing Seasons, Closed Areas and Prohibition of Fishing
Category 33 – By-catch Limits
Category 91 Protected Areas
Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)
Other International Instruments Relevant to Antarctica Treaties
Other Instruments
United Nations General Assembly Resolutions
Other United Nations Documents
PART 10:
Judicial Proceedings
A. International Cases
B. Domestic Cases
Part 11:
National Submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLSC) concerning Antarctic Territorial Claims
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Part 12:
Bilateral Agreements


“The book is, in brief, a cornucopia of sources...” –  Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, Law and Politics Book Review

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