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Chapter 2. The ‘Territorialisation’ of the Exclusive Economic Zone: A Requiem for the Remnants of the Freedom of the Seas?

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This chapter focuses almost exclusively on the North Sea and examines the forces at play here, and considers whether or not rights to coastal states are either implicit in the regime of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), or if they can be seen as a logical development of existing rights. The oil and gas industry was perfecting techniques and technology in the offshore, and was ready to move beyond the comparatively shallow waters of territorial sea, and then set at three nautical miles. The fundamental question arising here is whether the international community wishes to shift the focus of the regime of the EEZ as it is codified and developed in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) from one with a primary focus on resources, and a secondary focus on economic development, into something else, which does not fit with either of the broad purposes.

Keywords: exclusive economic zone (EEZ); international community; oil and gas industry; territorialisation; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC)



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