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Advances in Ocean Knowledge and Skill: Implications for the MSR Regime

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This chapter reflects on the relationship between law, science and technology in the context of Marine Scientific Research (MSR) in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 1982 (LOS Convention). It enquires whether the MSR regime still provides a viable framework for contemporary marine science and technology. In the first instance, some of the differences in ocean knowledge in the 1970s and today are set out, followed by a discussion of several contemporary MSR technologies. The chapter then focuses on some aspects of Part XIII, namely definitions and technological frontiers, in particular satellite remote sensing and vessel based acoustic technology. It further considers the question whether changes in knowledge and skill have necessitated a legal change by examining four potential arguments in support of revisiting Part XIII. Finally, the chapter highlights that Part XIII continues to provide a viable framework, despite the change.

Keywords: contemporary marine science; LOS Convention; Marine Scientific Research (MSR) Regime; UNCLOS; vessel based acoustic technology



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