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Cutting a Gordian Knot?: towards a Practical and Realistic Scheme for the Transfer of Marine Technology

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The perhaps excessive expectations of the Transfer of Marine Technology (TMT) scheme clashed with the negative from the holders of marine technology who did not want to simply hand out their know-how and equipment related to oceanographic research. This paper reviews the efforts recently undertaken to address the Gordian knot by the Advisory Group of Experts on the Law of the Sea of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (ABE-LOS/IOC). In particular, it attempts to show that the IOC Criteria and Guidelines on TMT adopted in 2003 by this Group offer an opportunity to simultaneously put into effect Part XIV and reinvigorate the application of Part XIII. This opportunity may be both timely and relevant, at a time in which rapidly evolving technologies for the measurement and collection of oceanographic data are testing the current marine scientific research (MSR) regime.

Keywords: Gordian knot; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); Law of the Sea (LOS); marine scientific research (MSR) regime; Transfer of Marine Technology (TMT)



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