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From Uniformity to Fragmentation? the Ability of the Un Convention on the Law of the Sea to Accommodate New Uses and Challenges

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The Law of the Sea Convention (LOS Convention) has been called "a Constitution for the Oceans". The horizontal structure of the LOS Convention is evident in the interplay between the flag State and the coastal State jurisdiction over the ship. The 1986 UN Convention on Conditions for Registration of Ships remains an exercise in ineffectiveness as it never entered into force. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has set standards in the maritime sector and adopted conditions of employment of seafarers since the 1920s in a series of special maritime sessions, long before the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) entered the field in the 1970s, essentially with the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Keywords: International Labour Organisation (ILO); International Maritime Organisation (IMO); LOS Convention; STCW



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