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International Law and the Genetic Resources of the Deep-sea Beyond National Jurisdiction: Elements of a Future International Legal Regime

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ISBN13: 9789004155008
ISBN: 9004155007
Published: November 2006
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £154.00

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Deep-sea genetic resources and the interest of the biotechnology industry in their exploitation are emerging as a significant challenge for international oceans governance. This book is the first comprehensive examination of this issue. Focusing on the ecosystems associated with deep-sea hydrothermal vents in areas beyond national jurisdiction, it examines a range of emerging activities in the deep-sea including bioprospecting, marine scientific research, mining and tourism and considers the effectiveness of existing international law and governance mechanisms to sustainably manage these activities. It includes a detailed examination of the nature and extent of bioprospecting in the deep-sea and its relationship with other activities such as marine scientific research. The book sets out in detail suggestions for how international law and policy regimes could respond to these challenges. As the first detailed study on this issue, it will be useful reference for academics, diplomats, economists, scientists and policy makers alike.

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Acknowledgments, List of abbreviations, Introduction
Chapter 1, The international significance of deep-sea hydrothermal vents
Chapter 2, Framework treaties and key concepts in international law
Chapter 3, Regional and other environmental treaties
Chapter 4, The Continental Shelf Regime
Chapter 5, The Common Heritage of Mankind
Chapter 6, Domestic legal regimes regulating activities at hydrothermal vent sites within national jurisdiction
Chapter 7, The emerging deep-sea biotechnology industry
Chapter 8, Marine Scientific Research
Chapter 9, The role of the International Seabed Authority
Chapter 10, Elements of the future international legal regime, Table of treaties, agreements and declarations, Table of legislation, Table of cases, Bibliography, Appendices, Index.