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Responsibility For The Seas

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This chapter illustrates that all international law develops from the interests and needs of a given time - and provides a legal structure for those carrying them. And here the LOS Convention is a key example: 'a monument to international cooperation in the treaty-making process'. To geologists, the Anthropocene may be understood as the establishment of hard evidence of a major and decisive human impact on Earth System. Awareness of an Anthropocene Epoch currently under formal evaluation may mean that the time has come for human energy to shift its main direction, from being used for the struggles among us to a struggle for us. A new direction for the law of the sea will be needed, to provide a framework for such an ultimate objective. The future state of the oceans as related to human uses is still in our hands; we can shape it for our common benefit.

Keywords: Anthropocene Epoch; Earth System; international law; law of the sea; LOS Convention; treaty-making process



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