Classification of seafloor highs in accordance with Article 76 of UNCLOS - Consequences of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recent modifications of its interpretations

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Abstract

Seafloor highs can be grouped into three legal categories: (i) oceanic ridges; (ii) submarine ridges; and (iii) submarine elevations. The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognizes that the foot of slope serves as the qualifier to distinguish oceanic ridges from the two other categories. The Commission established a view that the sole qualifier for a submarine ridge is its morphological continuity with the continental margin. A submarine elevation needs also to share geological characteristics with the rest of the continental margin. Recent recommendations suggest that the Commission may have complicated its view in this respect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-392
Number of pages25
JournalOcean Development and International Law
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Article 76
  • Commission on the limits of the continental shelf
  • Continental shelf
  • Ridges

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources

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