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Comment Some Thoughts on the Concept of the Contiguous Zone and Its Potential Application to the Greek Seas

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By the time the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) was adopted, the contiguous zone had no longer maintained its interest for most States, the reason being primarily the new concept of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This chapter discusses the legal status of the contiguous zone in international law, including a brief account of its history, and its potential application to the seas surrounding Greece. The LOS Convention introduced new elements into the concept of the contiguous zone: (a) the extension of its breadth to 24 miles; and (b) the protection of historical and archaeological objects found within this area. It has been suggested that, among the regulations that are enforced in the contiguous zone, the fiscal and custom ones are of primary importance from a practical point of view. It also examines the other two types of regulations, immigration and sanitary.

Keywords: contiguous zone; exclusive economic zone (EEZ); Greece; international law; LOS Convention

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