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Charismatic Microfauna: Marine Genetic Resources and the Law of the Sea

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This chapter addresses legal aspects of Marine Genetic Resources (MGR) in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It discusses whether and how scientific research on MGR should be managed, and talks about policy issues relating to the exploitation of MGR, principally in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In particular, it refutes the assertion that MGR fall under the regime established in Part XI of UNCLOS as part of the "common heritage of mankind". The chapter argues that scientific research on MGR in areas beyond national jurisdiction can and should be handled by the international scientific community. It posits that the interests of mankind will best be served by using areas beyond national jurisdiction as a source for scientific invention and capacity building benefiting all nations of the world.

Keywords: international scientific community; Law of the Sea; Marine Genetic Resources (MGR); UNCLOS



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