The Legal Status of the Caspian Sea

Current Challenges and Prospects for Future Development

  • Barbara Janusz-Pawletta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-176

About this book


This book analyzes the legal and economic situation concerning the removal and allocation of the natural resources in the Caspian Sea – the largest enclosed body of salt water in the world, which not only constitutes a fragile ecosystem with great fishery resources, but is also rich in oil and gas deposits. The economic advantages gained from the development of oil and gas are the basis for the economic and social development of the riparian states, but also cause significant transboundary harm to the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea. The book contends that, if the local environment grows more heavily contaminated through the extraction of mineral resources, it could lead to environmentally induced violence. It describes the ongoing conflicts, which are primarily due to various riparian states’ territorial claims concerning the extraction of oil and gas resources, and argues that the current legal framework on the use and protection of the Caspian Sea is obsolete. Thus, the main objective of the book is to point out corresponding international legal mechanisms that could be used in order to settle these disputes and protect the Caspian Sea’s fragile environment from transboundary harm.


Allocation of resources Law of the Caspian Sea Legal history Political and economic situation at the Caspian Sea Transboundary resources management

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara Janusz-Pawletta
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU)Berlin Center for Caspian Region StudiesBerlinGermany

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Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences