The law of the sea

Robin Churchill, Alan Vaughan Lowe, Amy Sander

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For nearly forty years, The law of the sea has been regarded as an authoritative and standard work on the subject, combining detailed analysis and relevant, practical examples with a clear and engaging style. Completely revised and updated, this new edition will be a vital resource for anyone with an interest in maritime affairs.

The book provides a rigorous analysis of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the many other legal instruments that regulate human activities at sea, as well as taking full account of the numerous decisions of international courts and tribunals in recent years. It also traces the historical background to the law and its broader political, economic and environmental context. The new edition includes substantially expanded coverage of contemporary threats faced by the marine environment from human activities, such as the loss of marine biodiversity, the effects of climate change on the oceans and the vast amounts of plastic polluting the sea.

This volume is written by three highly qualified authors, drawing on their extensive experience of teaching and researching the law of the sea, as well as their practical experience in advising governments and acting as counsel and arbitrators in international litigation.

This book is relevant to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life below water
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages968
ISBN (Print)9780719079689
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Publication series

NameMelland Schill Studies in International Law
PublisherManchester University Press


  • law of the sea
  • dispute settlement
  • maritime
  • zones
  • navigation
  • fisheries
  • environmental protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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