Marine Scientific Research and Small Island Developing States in the 21st Century: Appraising the International Legal Framework

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Luciana Fernandes Coelho

World Maritime University; University College London; University of Brasilia

Date Written: October 14, 2021

Abstract

The study examines whether the framework governing marine scientific research (MSR) under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) provides mechanisms to strengthen the scientific and technological capacities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the 21st century. It first assesses SIDS’s contribution to drafting the LOSC by working with archival records. It also outlines a chronology of SIDS’ influence in the ocean governance agenda as an interest group. The study proposes that existing rules facilitating an adaptation of the LOSC to changing circumstances aligned with the consent regimes for MSR, rules of international cooperation, and the laws governing the transfer of marine technology may enable the sharing of benefits of MSR with SIDS in the present.

Keywords: marine scientific research, Small Island Developing States, consent regimes, benefit-sharing, international cooperation, transfer of marine technology

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Coelho, Luciana Fernandes, Marine Scientific Research and Small Island Developing States in the 21st Century: Appraising the International Legal Framework (October 14, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3994741 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3994741

Luciana Fernandes Coelho (Contact Author)

World Maritime University ( email )

Fiskehamnsgatan 1
P. O. Box 500
Malmö, Skane 20124
Sweden

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

University of Brasilia ( email )

FACE. Campus Asa Norte.
Brasilia, DF 70910900
Brazil

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