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The Contribution of the Regulations of the International Seabed Authority to the Progressive Development of International Environmental Law

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Since the Stockholm Conference of 1972 international environmental law has developed progressively. There are several reasons why the attention of the international community turned to this issue. The awareness has grown that the living, as well as non-living, resources are exhaustible and require adequate management to ensure their sustainable use. The International Seabed Authority has contributed to this process; to a certain extent it is, even from its beginning, at the forefront of this development. The basis for the Regulations issued by the International Seabed Authority is to be found in article 145 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982 which provides that measures are to be taken to 'ensure effective protection for the marine environment from harmful effects'. Finally, the international community as well as the civil society is more alert when it comes to assessing industrial activities with respect to the environmental risks involved.

Keywords: international community; international environmental law; international seabed authority; progressive development



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