State Responsibility for Marine Pollution from Seabed Activities within National Jurisdiction in the Marine Arctic

Responsibilities and Liabilities for Commercial Activity in the Arctic: The Example of Greenland, edited by Vibe Ulfbeck, et al., Taylor and Francis, March, 2016; ISBN-13: 978-1138957442

CEVIA Working Paper Series, Issue 2/2017, No. 8

University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018-56

32 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2017 Last revised: 3 May 2018

See all articles by Yoshifumi Tanaka

Yoshifumi Tanaka

Center for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Since the Arctic is increasingly accessible owing to climate change, oil and gas exploitation in the marine Arctic attracts the attention of states and energy companies. However, the marine Arctic, and particularly West Greenland, is known to be particularly vulnerable to oil spills because of the potentially slow recovery from a spill in cold and seasonable ecosystems. Oil spills in marine spaces surrounding Greenland may significantly damage fishing which is one of the essential economic resources in Greenland and greatly affect the health of people living there. Furthermore, clean-up operations in the marine Arctic will encounter considerable challenges in light of the remoteness and harsh weather conditions. Hence, the prevention of marine pollution arising from seabed activities within national jurisdiction should be an important issue in the international law governing the marine Arctic.

Suggested Citation

Tanaka, Yoshifumi, State Responsibility for Marine Pollution from Seabed Activities within National Jurisdiction in the Marine Arctic (2016). Responsibilities and Liabilities for Commercial Activity in the Arctic: The Example of Greenland, edited by Vibe Ulfbeck, et al., Taylor and Francis, March, 2016; ISBN-13: 978-1138957442; University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018-56. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3091108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3091108

Yoshifumi Tanaka (Contact Author)

Center for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law ( email )

Karen Blixens Plads 16
Copenhagen, DK-2300
Denmark

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