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Advisory Opinion on Responsibility and Liability for International Seabed Mining (ITLOS Case No. 17): International Environmental Law in the Seabed Disputes Chamber


Donald K. Anton


Australian National University - ANU College of Law; Griffith Law School

Robert A. Makgill


University of Ghent - Department of International Law; Lincoln University - Department of Environmental Management

Cymie R. Payne


Rutgers University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden

March 23, 2011

Environmental Policy and Law, Forthcoming
ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 11-06

Abstract:     
On 1 February 2011, the Seabed Disputes Chamber (“the Chamber”) delivered its first Advisory Opinion. The Opinion provides useful guidance to the international community concerned with the deep seabed. First and foremost, the Chamber accomplished its task to assist the ISA with independent and impartial judicial interpretation of the Convention and related instruments. States that intend to extract valuable resources now know that they must evaluate their legal codes, administrative capacity, and their judicial enforcement mechanisms to determine where they fall short of the standards that the Chamber has identified. For most states it will be necessary to introduce new laws to provide the requisite rules, regulations and procedures. Entities seeking sponsorship will likely wish to work with these governments to develop a workable regime. Other entities, such as those interested in scientific research, other economic uses, and protection of the ocean and seabed resources, will want to assist with this process to ensure that their interests are respected and that developing states are given assistance to develop appropriate laws and enforcement capacity. Finally, the limitations and gaps in the Convention’s liability scheme have now been identified and await the international legal community’s attention.

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Date posted: March 24, 2011 ; Last revised: October 1, 2013

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Anton, Donald K. and Makgill, Robert A. and Payne, Cymie R., Advisory Opinion on Responsibility and Liability for International Seabed Mining (ITLOS Case No. 17): International Environmental Law in the Seabed Disputes Chamber (March 23, 2011). Environmental Policy and Law, Forthcoming; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 11-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1793216

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Donald K. Anton (Contact Author)
Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
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+61.2.6125.4899 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://https://law.anu.edu.au/staff/don-anton

Griffith Law School ( email )
Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia
Robert A. Makgill
University of Ghent - Department of International Law ( email )
Universiteitstraat 4
Ghent, 9000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://www.nsenvironmentallaw.com
Lincoln University - Department of Environmental Management
New Zealand
HOME PAGE: http://www.nsenvironmentallaw.com
Cymie R. Payne
Rutgers University ( email )
55 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States
732-932-6667 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.cymiepayne.org
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law, Camden
Camden, NJ
United States
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