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This chapter considers how marine scientific research (MSR) could be regulated in all areas of the oceans including ocean space beyond national jurisdiction. It begins by outlining the nature of MSR conducted at hydrothermal vents in general terms. The chapter then explores what form regulation of MSR might take. It further considers the debates surrounding the MSR issue during the negotiation of 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC). It is suggested that the arguments raised in relation to MSR over 40 years ago are equally valid today. Consideration of these arguments in the context of MSR at hydrothermal vents suggests how the issue of regulation of MSR should be approached. Finally, the chapter outlines a proposal for a regulatory regime for MSR modelled on the regime of the Madrid Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty.

Keywords: hydrothermal vents; LOSC; Madrid protocol to the AntarcticTreaty; marine scientific research (MSR)



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