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1st Edition

Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law

ISBN 9781138574885
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
248 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


"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).