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Volume: 13 Number: 22

Title: International Seabed Authority

Source/Sponsoring Agency: International Seabed Authority

URL: http://www.isa.org.jm/

Date Checked: 6/24/2008      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 6/24/2008

Topics: Comparative Law; Dispute Resolution; Environmental Law; Foreign Law; International Law

Other keywords: Law of the sea; United Nations; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982)

Contents: The International Seabed Authority is "an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea." The information content of the site--which has English, French and Spanish mirrors--is organized into several areas including "Marine Scientific Research," "Annual Sessions," "News and Events" (aggregating press releases), and "Documents and Publications," which includes such materials as the Convention and legal instruments thereof, and proceedings of the Authority's sessions. Some of the technical reports cannot be accessed through the site but only ordered in hardcopy. Among the notable resources which are available, however, are the Central Data Repository on undersea mineral resources and the Map section, identifying the International Seabed Area and depicting the locations of major mineral deposits. The site has a somewhat imprecise keyword search engine which often fails to turn up relevant hits inside PDF documents. In general however the site is well-organized and informative, albeit for a highly specialized audience of scholars and policymakers concerned with maritime mining law and environmental research.

Author of Annotation: J. P. Cusker


Last Modified: 6/20/2012