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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an extraordinary diplomatic accomplishment. It has been aptly referred to as 'a constitution for the oceans'. One of UNCLOS' primary schemes for accomplishing this purpose is its system of zones of maritime jurisdiction which may be claimed by a coastal State and within which that State will enjoy priority rights, and at the same time accept specific responsibilities. Article 16 is likewise unclear as to whether all internal waters are covered by its publicity mandate. Obviously a purpose of Article 16 – notice to the mariner that he is leaving the territorial sea and entering internal waters – is not met if only some internal water limits must be publicised. Article 16 may raise more questions than it answers regarding a coastal State's obligation to publish maritime boundaries.

Keywords:Article 16; coastal State; maritime jurisdiction; UNCLOS



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