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This is the introductory chapter of the book The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The book deals with the Commission as a decision-making body as regards the establishment of the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention). In doing so it analyses the Commission's functions and competence on the one hand, and the adequacy of its procedures and composition on the other. For this purpose, the focus is placed on two specific aspects. First, the legal aspects of the Commission's decision-making, beginning with the Commission's procedural regulations. The Rules of Procedure is one of the basic documents of the Commission; continuously reviewed and amended in light of the evolving practice of the Commission. The second focus is on issues of legitimacy related to the Commission and its procedures.

Keywords: Commission; Commission's procedural regulations; continental shelf; legal aspects; legitimacy; Rules of Procedure



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