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The Law Of The Sea, Marine Technology, And Global Social Justice

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This chapter reflects on the relationship between the law of the sea, marine technology, and its possible connections with global social justice. It is argued that the laws uncritical acceptance of and preoccupation with marine technology may be providing an unseen basis for the perpetuation and reinforcement of inequalities between coastal States despite the avowed purpose of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) and its related agreements to distribute the benefits of the ocean and its resources equitably among all nations. By highlighting three examples of how the law of the sea and related agreements may be leading to the continued marginalization of developing countries from full and equal access to the assumed benefits of the legal regimes, it is hoped that closer attention and reflection may be called upon the role of marine technology in future developments in international maritime law.

Keywords: global social justice; international maritime law; law of the sea; marine technology



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