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Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law

1st Edition

Edited by Daud Hassan, Tuomas Kuokkanen, Niko Soininen


248 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is an integrated and comprehensive approach to ocean governance and is used to establish a rational use of marine space and reconcile conflicting interests of its users. MSP allows both a high level of environmental protection and a wide range of human activities and emphasizes coordinated networks of national, regional and global institutions.

This book focuses on the framework of international law behind MSP and especially on the transboundary aspects of MSP. It first sets out a general framework for transboundary MSP and then moves on to compare and assess differences and similarities between different regions. Specific detailed case studies include the EU with the focus on the Baltic Sea and North Sea, the Bay of Bengal and Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The authors examine the national and regional significance of MSP from an integrated and sustainable ocean governance point of view. They also show how transboundary MSP can create opportunities and positive initiatives for cross-border cooperation and contribute to the effective protection of the regional marine environment.


"All in all, Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law provides important insights and analysis of the challenges and opportunities for transboundary MSP and the role of international law in this regard, and is complemented with illustrative case studies of how international law can shape transboundary MSP in diverse geographical, political, and institutional contexts. It is a reading appropriate for academics and MSP practitioners alike, particularly those considering embarking on a transboundary MSP process, and for those interested in transboundary marine management in general, including policy-makers." - Catarina Grilo, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, in Ocean Yearbook 31 (2017).

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. Marine Spatial Planning as an Instrument of Sustainable Ocean Governance

Niko Soininen and Daud Hassan

Part 2: Marine Spatial Planning in a General Framework

2. Marine Spatial Planning in International Law before Marine Spatial Planning

Tuomas Kuokkanen

3. Marine Spatial Planning and Various Uses and Interests relating to the Marine Environment

Tavis Potts

4. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as a Framework for Marine Spatial Planning

Daud Hassan and Niko Soininen

5. Marine Spatial Planning: Global and Regional Conventions and Organizations

Frank Maes

Part 3: Marine Spatial Planning in Transboundary Contexts

6. Marine Spatial Planning: One of the Fundamental Tools to Help Achieve Effective Marine Conservation in the Great Barrier Reef

Jon Day

7. Marine Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea

Hermanni Backer

8.1. Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning across the French-Belgian Maritime Borders: Past and Future Cooperation

Betty Queffelec and Frank Maes

8.2. Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning in the Irish Sea

Stephen Jay

9. Marine Spatial Planning in the European Union

Niko Soininen

10. Marine Spatial Planning in the Bay of Bengal Subregion in South Asia

Daud Hassan and Emdadul Haque

Part 4: Conclusions

11. Comparative and Forward-looking Conclusions on Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning

Niko Soininen, Tuomas Kuokkanen and Daud Hassan

About the Editors

Daud Hassan is Director of Higher Degree Research in the School of Law at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Tuomas Kuokkanen is a Ministerial Adviser with the Ministry of Environment, Finland and Professor of International Environmental Law at the University of Eastern Finland.

Niko Soininen is Lecturer of Environmental Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Eastern Finland.

About the Series

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This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to oceans and the marine environment, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs, textbooks and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Maritime