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The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf with Special Reference to Developing Countries

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The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf is one of the institutions created by 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the others being the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and International Seabed Authority. It is the institution most directly concerned with business of establishing limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 miles. Thus, it is an organ, which is designed to serve the interests of entire international community. One of the significant features of the Convention on the Law of the Sea is its emphasis on the need to promote and provide for "the special interests and needs of developing countries". Two Trust Funds have been established with prime purpose of meeting those needs: the Trust Fund for facilitating the preparation of submissions to the Commission and Trust Fund for defraying the expenses of members of the Commission participating in meetings.

Keywords: Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf; developing countries; International Seabed Authority; International Tribunal for Law of Sea; Trust Funds; United Nations Convention



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