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British Maritime Jurisdiction

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Historically, United Kingdom has been reviewed for many years as a maritime State with the many ships flying its flag and extensive overseas interests. This chapter examines British Maritime Jurisdiction, considering both the substantive content and question of limits. It reviews in turn the baselines, the internal waters, the territorial sea, the fisheries zone, the continental shelf limits, the political jurisdiction and the Renewable Energy Zone of United Kingdom. The chapter identifies some gaps in current legislation and some suggestions for improvement and further developments are advanced, including the creation of a Contiguous Zone and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and the establishment by agreement of further maritime boundaries. It should be noted that the terms ?Renewable Energy Zone? and ?Pollution Zone? are unique.

Keywords: baselines; British Maritime Jurisdiction; Contiguous Zone; continental shelf limits; Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ); fisheries zone; maritime State; Pollution Zone; Renewable Energy Zone; territorial sea



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