Building a New Legal Order for the Oceans

Tommy Koh

Building a New Legal Order for the Oceans

Tommy Koh

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

288 pages | 23 halftones, 6 maps | 6 x 9
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9789813250895 Will Publish February 2020 For sale in North and South America and China only
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS, has been called a constitution for the oceans. It is keeps order in the world’s oceans and regulates nations’ use of its natural resources. Tommy Koh served as president of the third convention, a multi-year meeting that resulted in important regulations still in use today. In Building a New Legal Order for the Oceans, Koh brings a unique, insider’s perspective on the UNCLOS negotiation process, and the concepts, tensions, and intentions that underlie today’s Law of the Sea.

In this book, Koh fully explains the many new concepts of international law that arose from UNCLOS III, such as the Exclusive Economic Zone, Archipelagic State, Straits Used for International Navigation, Transit Passage, Archipelagic Sealane Passage, the Common Heritage of Mankind. He also discusses current threats to maritime security and explains the intricacies of the disputes in the South China Sea. Koh also looks to the future of our oceans, asking: What can be learned from the success of UNCLOS? How can we build on that success and manage the new tensions that arise in the Law of the Sea? There is no better guide to this aspect of international law than Koh.
Review Quotes
S. Jayakumar, former Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs
“No one can speak as authoritatively about the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as Tommy Koh can.”
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