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Problems Arising From Submissions By States To The CLCS In Relation To Disputed Areas: A Selective Survey Of State Practice To Date

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This chapter provides an overview of certain developments that have unfolded in connection with the delimitation of extended continental shelves by widemargin coastal States, according to the provisions of Article 76 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Documentation relating to coastal State submissions and to the proceedings of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) are subject to various confidentiality provisions, obscuring many details that pertain to the derivation of proposed outer limits, and to the deliberations of the CLCS in assessing those limits. In responding to third-party reactions so far, the CLCS has adopted a policy of considering objections that refer to just two classes of dispute: (a) the delimitation of the continental shelf between opposite or adjacent coasts; and (b) other cases of unresolved land or maritime boundaries.

Keywords:Article 76; CLCS; coastal States; continental shelf; UNCLOS



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