1st Edition

The Law of the Sea Normative Context and Interactions with other Legal Regimes

Edited By Nele Matz-Lück, Øystein Jensen, Elise Johansen Copyright 2023
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea follows a comprehensive approach and can be interpreted dynamically to include the regulation of all potential human uses of the ocean, but the law of the sea cannot be viewed in isolation from other fields of international law. International law does not resemble a hierarchically structured legal system; its different parts interact when different rules address the same activity or situation.

    The academic discussion concerning the specialization and proliferation of international legal rules and dispute settlement bodies has theoretical as well as practical relevance for the law of the sea and its interaction with other parts of international law. The intensified use of the oceans for different purposes and the ongoing proliferation of international rules addressing different activities from different perspectives and with distinct foci require a more thorough evaluation of how the law of the sea relates to other fields of international law, how the normative context can be approached theoretically and if interdisciplinary interfaces can be adequately addressed. This book discusses the normative context of the law of the sea and the interactions of the law of the sea with other legal regimes.

    By connecting high-quality research with new ideas and perspectives, this book offers expertise from different fields and perspectives in which the interaction between the law of the sea and other fields of international law becomes particularly relevant.

    1. From Fragmentation to Interaction?: A Law of the Sea Perspective on Regime Interaction and Interdisciplinary Intefaces
    Nele Matz-Lück and Øystein Jensen
    2. Interactions Between Law and Science within the Law of the Sea: A Systems Theory Perspective
    Hilde Woker
    3. Regime Interaction Through Concepts: The BBNJ Process as a Critical Juncture in the Relation Between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on the Law of the Sea
    Vito de Lucia
    4. The Legal Interactions Between the Climate Change and Law of the Sea Regimes
    Elise Johansen
     5. Law of the Sea and Geoengineering
    Alexander Proelss
    6. Ships Passing in the Night? The Law of the Sea and the Human Right to Food
    Erik van Doorn and Jens T. Theilen
    7. Interaction Between the Law of the Sea and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
    Endalew Lijalem Enyew and Nigel Bankes
    8. Law of the Sea and Refugee Law
    Alexander Proelss
    9. The Law of the Sea and the Exercise of Free Speech and Protest Rights
    Richard Caddell
    10. Limits to the Maritime Enforcement Measures According to the Law of the Sea and Human Rights Law
    Maria Chiara Noto
    11. Military Uses of the Dea in Peache and During Armed Conflict
    Magne Frostad
    12. A Law of the Sea and International Investment Law
    Maria Magdalena das Neves


    Nele Matz-Lück is Professor of Public International Law at Kiel University, Germany, and Co-director of the Walther Schucking Institute for International Law. In addition to her interest in the law of the sea, her research and publications focus on international environmental law and the law of international treaties.

    Øystein Jensen is Research Professor at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, Norway, and Professor of Law at the University of South-Eastern Norway. His current research foci include the role of courts and tribunals in the law of the sea, the establishment of maritime limits and boundaries, and the role of expert regimes in international law.

    Elise Johansen is Professor of Law at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein’s Sustainability, Climate and Ocean group. Her field of expertise is international and national climate and environmental law and the law of the sea, focusing especially on the interaction between climate law, sustainability goals and the law of the sea.