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The Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles

27th January 2009

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is hosting a seminar series bringing together government officials, academics and practitioners to examine contemporary law of the sea issues. This seminar is the first event of the series.

As a growing number of States receive recommendations from the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), it is increasingly important to clarify the legal extent of continental shelf limits and the content of continental shelf jurisdiction. Given the critical importance of seabed resources such as petroleum to countries seeking energy security and the potential future uses of biological organisms, many stakeholders including States, private industry and environmental groups have a keen interest in the delineation of the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200nm and its subsequent regulation. This half-day conference brings together government officials, academics and practitioners to examine the United Kingdom's submission to the CLCS, analyse key legal issues associated with the CLCS submission process, and to look at the legal content of a coastal State's jurisdiction over its continental shelf beyond 200nm.

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