The salient trend in ocean law over the past half century has been the gradual enclosure of ever greater pieces of ocean space within national jurisdication. This trend suggests a number of problems in the near future. First and foremost will be growing content over the substance and the scope of national claims in the oceans. Obvious substantive differences will arise where international navigation and communication activities must be reconciled with coastal state resource rights in the 200 mile zone. A less obvious but nonetheless real problem will arise when the use of its own economic zone by one nation has a negative impact on the zones of neighboring states. Problems as to the extent of national jurisdiction will reflect the difficulty of reaching international agreement on principles of boundary determination between opposite or adjacent states. These prospective difficulties are contrasted with a "preferred" oceans regime which would reverse the movement toward national appropriation of ocean space. The underlying goals of a preferred regime would be threefold: (1) maximize material well being; (2) satisfy national concerns with dignity; and (3) promote greater certainty in the use of the oceans. The path to such a regime is sketched.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Spring Meeting/STAR Symposium, New London, Connecticut, April 26-29, 1978. Available only in bound proceedings.
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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Hollick, A L
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00173994
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 23
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 1978 12:00AM