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Navigation Through Archipelagos: Current State Practice

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This chapter provides an overview of Part IV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 (LOSC) and examines the nature of the navigational rights through and above the waters of States claiming archipelagic State status. First, it analyses the relevant state practice of those States which have claimed archipelagic State status and which have defined both archipelagic sea lanes and archipelagic baselines. It then analyses the States that have defined archipelagic baselines in accordance with LOSC Part IV but which have not designated archipelagic sea lanes. Third, the States which have claimed archipelagic State status but have determined their archipelagic baselines in a manner contrary to the requirements under LOSC Part IV, is analysed. Finally, the chapter analyses the States which have neither defined archipelagic baselines nor designated archipelagic sea lanes.

Keywords: archipelagic baselines; archipelagic sea lanes; archipelagic State status; LOSC Part IV; navigational rights



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