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The Legal Regime of the Channel/La Manche

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This chapter surveys the current legal status of the narrow seas separating the coasts of France and the United Kingdom. The survey will include an examination of the ways in which the two coastal states have implemented the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (?LOS Convention?), as well as the extent to which the two Governments have cooperated over matters such as the safety of navigation, environmental protection and the delimitation of boundaries to their mutual benefit. During the mid-1990s, first France and then the United Kingdom became parties the LOS Convention. Notwithstanding their lack of powers under general international law, the two governments decided to submit a joint proposal to the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime organisation (IMO) for the creation o traffic schemes in the straits. France and the United Kingdom are both maritime powers with extensive overseas interests.

Keywords: coastal states; France; international law; International Maritime organisation (IMO); LOS Convention; Maritime Safety Committee; straits; United Kingdom



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