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Applying the Law of the Sea Convention and the Role of the Scientific Community Relating to Establishing the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf Where It Extends beyond the 200 Mile LimitGeorge Taft

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Scientists play a central role in applying the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention as it relates to establishing the outer limit of the continental shelf where it extends beyond 200 nm. The science applied must be peer reviewed before the Commission makes its recommendations, although that review is not specifically required by the Convention. However, the scientific data have been considered well before a submission is made and the coastal State should have incorporated such relevant reviewed matters in its submission. The regime depends on the confidence that the world community has and maintains in the Commission. The Commission must apply its expertise in a cautious manner. Coastal States must make submissions in good faith and with the recognition that time for a recommendation may not have any practical immediacy to it. Coastal States may make partial submissions for a number of reasons, including the absence of agreed science.

Keywords: coastal State; continental shelf; Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention; world community



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