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Chapter 27. Sea Level Rise and the Law of the Sea: How Can the Affected States Be Better Protected?

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This chapter explores possible legal measures which would assist States which would inevitably suffer such adverse effects to keep their losses to a minimum as far as possible. It reviews current rules of the law of the sea applicable to situations likely to occur with sea level rise. The chapter discusses new legal rules that could be adopted by international community to limit and minimise the adverse effects on coastal and island States. This chapter explores the appropriate procedures for international community to adopt them in the form of suitable instrument. It submits that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) should be supplemented by new provisions that would enable such vulnerable States to retain their exclusive economic zones (EEZs), as well as the territorial sea and the continental shelf, as their assets even after suffering from major inundation of land territory by sea level rise.

Keywords: continental shelf; exclusive economic zones (EEZs); international community; LOSC; sea level rise



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