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Transboundary Offshore Aquifiers: A Search for a Governance Regime

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ISBN13: 9789004326354
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £62.00



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In Transboundary Offshore Aquifiers: A Search for a Governance Regime, Renee Martin-Nagle explains the geologic origins of offshore freshwater aquifers and proposes a governance regime for offshore aquifers that are shared by two or more nations. While the existence of freshwater offshore aquifers under continental shelves has been known for decades, none discovered thus far straddle an international border. In the event that an offshore aquifer shared by two or more nations is identified and targeted for development, selection of a governance regime for the aquifer will present a unique challenge, and several current legal systems could provide valuable guidance. While laws addressing transboundary land-based aquifers are still in a nascent stage, customary international law for surface water has evolved over centuries and could provide analogous rules for development of another freshwater resource. This monograph explores principles for sharing natural resources and proposes a governance regime for transboundary offshore aquifers.

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Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1: Origin of Offshore Submarine Groundwater
Discovery of Offshore Aquifers
Glacial Origins
Other Origins of Offshore Aquifers
Recent Discoveries and Possible Uses
Vast Meteoric Groundwater Reserves

CHAPTER 2: Legal Principles Governing Maritime Resources
The Convention on the Continental Shelf
The International Court of Justice
UNCLOS

CHAPTER 3: Legal Principles Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Development
Background
Early Law
Unitization
Customary Law
Joint Development Agreements

CHAPTER 4: Legal Principles Governing Land-based Aquifers
Guidance from International Bodies

CHAPTER 5: Perspectives and Conclusion

Conclusion

LIST OF REFERENCES