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Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic explores the international legal framework for hydrocarbon development in the marine Arctic.
It presents an assessment of the careful balance between States’ sovereign rights to their resources, their obligations to uphold the rights of Arctic inhabitants and their duty to prevent injury to other States. It examines the rights of indigenous and other Arctic populations, the precautionary approach, the environmental impact assessment and the duty to monitor offshore hydrocarbon activities.
It also analyses the application of the international law of responsibility in the event that the State fails to meet its primary obligations and potential liability in the absence of a State’s wrongful conduct.