International Law and the Genetic Resources of the Deep Sea

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Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007 - Law - 297 pages
Deep-sea genetic resources and the interest of the biotechnology industry in their exploitation are emerging as a significant challenge for international oceans governance. Focusing on the ecosystems associated with deep-sea hydrothermal vents in areas beyond national jurisdiction this book examines a range of emerging activities in the deep sea including bioprospecting, marine scientific research, mining and tourism and considers the effectiveness of existing international law and governance mechanisms to sustainably manage these activities. It includes a detailed examination of the nature and extent of bioprospecting in the deep sea and its relationship with other activities such as marine scientific research. The book sets out in detail suggestions for how international law and policy regimes could respond to these challenges. As the first detailed study on this issue it will be useful reference for academics, diplomats, economists, scientists and policy makers alike.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The international significance of deepsea hydrothermal vents
7
Chapter 2 Framework treaties and key concepts in international law
29
Chapter 3 Regional and other environmental treaties
65
Chapter 4 The Continental Shelf Regime
79
Chapter 5 The Common Heritage of Mankind
95
Chapter 6 Domestic legal regimes regulating activities at hydrothermal vent sites within national jurisdiction
103
Chapter 7 The emerging deep sea biotechnology industry
155
Chapter 8 Marine Scientific Research
183
Chapter 10 Elements of the future international legal regime
225
Table of treaties agreements and declarations
231
Table of legislation
233
Table of cases
235
Bibliography
237
Appendices
269
Index
287
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Chapter 9 The role of the International Seabed Authority
209

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