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2 The Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf in International Law

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This chapter provides an historical account of the rules on the outer limits of the continental shelf in international law, so as to introduce the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS Convention) pertaining to the Commission and the outer limits of the continental shelf. It briefly deals with the early origins of the continental shelf regime under international law. The chapter reviews the evolution from 1945 and until the mid-1960s. It discusses the last and consolidating phase of the historical development related to the regime of the continental shelf in international law. The focus is on the UNCLOS III negotiations directly relevant to the current legal rules on the outer limits of the continental shelf and the Commission: Article 76 and Annex II of the LOS Convention.

Keywords: Annex II of LOS Convention; Article 76 of LOS Convention; Commission; continental shelf regime; international law; LOS Convention; UNCLOS III negotiations



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