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The International Seabed Authority Collection


In this multi-volume collection, the basic Agreements and Treaties governing the establishment of the Seabed Authority and its work are being presented. In the constituent volumes, the annual sessions are presented in chronological order, making the collection useful for anyone working in the area of maritime law. The seabed and ocean floor as well as the subsoil that are beyond the limits of any national jurisdiction are governed by the UN Convention of the Law of Sea. This area, some 200 nautical miles from baselines along the shore into the ocean is subject to international regulation. In some cases this distance is 350 nautical miles offshore, depending on the natural prolongation of the continental shelf of the territory concerned. The International Seabed Authority and its Parties are in charge of organizing and controlling this area, especially with regard to the distribution of (mineral-related) resources. Established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1994, the Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization with a headquarters inJamaica (Kingston). The Seabed Authority is a multi-organ treaty organisation, comprising of an Assembly, Council, Legal and Technical Commission, Finance Committee and Secretariat. In the Assembly, all members are represented, whereas the Council consists of 36 elected members. The Endowment Fund to Support Collaborative Marine Scientific Research, established in 2006, provides aid to scientists from developing countries in order to make it possible for them to participate in deep-sea research and to promote collaborative research. The Secretariat facilitates activities of the Seabed Authority.As a legislative and controlling body, the Seabed Authority has issued several regulations governing the mining of natural resources. In addition to this work, the Seabed Authority offers a range of annual workshops on various aspects of seabedexploration, emphasizing the protecting of the marine environment and conducts technical studies on, amongst others, biodiversity.Private parties as well as public corporations are contracted to explore and, eventually exploit, specified areas for mining operations into deep seabed mineral resources. Current exploration areas are currently concentrated in the Equatorial North Pacific, Ocean south and southeast of Hawaii. The Central Indian Basin in the Indian Ocean is also being explored. Although hopes were high that the Seabed Authority would result in an even distribution of revenue for the exploiting countries and the Seabed Authority alike, the costs for deep sea mining are still too high. Furthermore, the USA is the only major maritime power that has not ratified the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea but has the most advanced ocean technology in the world. 

Overview of the Collection:

The main-volumes 

Volume Number Title
1 Basic Documents
2 Basic Documents
3 The Annual Sessions (1995-1996)
4 The Annual Sessions (1999-2000)
5 The Annual Sessions (1999-2000)
6 The Annual Sessions (2001-2004)
7 The Annual Sessions (2005-2006)
8 The Annual Sessions (2007-2008)
9 The Annual Sessions (2009)
10 The Annual Sessions (2010)
11 The Annual Sessions (2011)
12 The Annual Sessions (2012)
13 The Annual Sessions (2013)
14 The Annual Sessions (2014)
15 The Annual Sessions (2015)
16 The Annual Sessions (2016)
17 The Annual Sessions (2017)
18 The Annual Sessions (2018) Part 1
19 The Annual Sessions (2018) Part 2
20 The Annual Sessions (2019) Part 1
21 The Annual Sessions (2019) Part 2
Special Issue The International Seabed Authority Collection Ad Hoc Committee 1968 Documents Volume I
Special Issue The Mining Code volume 1
Special Issue The Mining Code volume 2
Special Issue The Mining Code volume 3