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International Governance of the Arctic Marine Environment

With Particular Emphasis on High Seas Fisheries


Part of the Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs book series (HAMBURG, volume 27)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Lilly Weidemann
    Pages 1-3
  3. Lilly Weidemann
    Pages 5-41
  4. Lilly Weidemann
    Pages 197-225
  5. Lilly Weidemann
    Pages 227-232
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-251

About this book


The Arctic is particularly affected by climate change; over the past few decades, temperatures in this area have risen twice as fast as the mean global rate. The most prominent effect of global climate change in the region is the melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, which enables a multitude of ocean uses to be initiated and extended, such as shipping, fishing and oil and gas extraction. Unlike in the Antarctic, there is currently no single comprehensive legal regime for governance of the Arctic. Instead, the region is regulated by a patchwork of international treaties, above all the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), various regional and sub-regional agreements, national laws and soft-law agreements. This treatise provides an evaluation of the governance regime that regulates the use of the Arctic marine environment and its readiness to protect these fragile ecosystems in light of the consequences of climate change.


Arctic Arctic marine environment Climate Change Consequences of climate change High Seas United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.International Max Planck Research School for Maritime AffairsHamburgGermany

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