Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea (Publications on Ocean Development)

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9789004173439: Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea (Publications on Ocean Development)

A surprising number of maritime boundaries remain unresolved, and a range of reasons can be cited to explain why the process of delimiting these boundaries has been so slow. This volume addresses and analyzes some of these reasons, focusing on some of the volatile disputes in Northeast Asia and in North America. Scholars from Asia, the United States, and Europe grapple with festering controversies and apply insights gained from resolved disputes to those that remain unresolved. Islands continue to haunt this process, and the way in which they should affect maritime boundaries remains in dispute. The United States has a number of disputed boundaries with its neighbors to the north and south, and these are examined. Antarctica is a concern of all nations, and the regimes governing the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica are analyzed. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was created to allow countries to resolve their disputes peacefully, and two chapters look at how this new court is operating. The impact of sea-level rise on maritime boundaries is given special attention in the opening chapter. This volume presents a wonderful collection of provocative chapters written by the top scholars in the field of International Ocean Law. It should help scholars, students, and decision makers to understand the current state of this field and to move some of the difficult disputes toward resolution.

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Seoung-Yong Hong has served as the President of Inha University, Incheon, Korea, since 2002. His credentials as an expert on the law of the sea include having served as Vice Minister of the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries from 1999 to 2002, as President of the Korea Maritime Institute from 1997 to 1999, as Director of the Ocean Policy Center for the Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute from 1982 to 1995, and as a member of Korea's delegations to the preparatory commissions for the International Sea-Bed Authority and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has a B.A. from Korea University, an M.B.A. from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. from Kyung-Hee University, and has been in residence at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts as well as the School of Marine Affairs at the University of Washington. Jon M. Van Dyke has been Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1976. Previously he taught at the Hastings College of Law, University of California (San Francisco), and at the Catholic University School of Law (Washington, D.C.). He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard University. Among this writings are Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawaii? (2008), Updating International Nuclear Law (co-editor 2007), Sharing the Resources of the South China Sea (co-author, 1997), and Freedom for the Seas in the 21st Century: Ocean Governance and Environmental Harmony (co-editor 1993), which received the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for excellence in the field of international environmental policy.

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