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Joint Development of Hydrocarbon Deposits in the Law of the Sea

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  • © 2014


  • An in depth and comprehensive book on joint development of hydrocarbon deposits before and after the delimitation of maritime boundaries
  • Detailed study of State practice and in particular of the Asia-Pacific region and South China Sea disputes
  • A study on the legal regime applicable to the development of resources that lie between the continental shelf and the Area
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs (HAMBURG, volume 30)

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This book examines the concept and purpose of joint development agreements of offshore hydrocarbon deposits from the perspective of public international law and the law of the sea, taking into consideration and extensively reviewing State practice concerning seabed activities in disputed maritime areas and when hydrocarbon deposits extend across maritime boundaries. It distinguishes between agreements signed before and after the delimitation of maritime boundaries and analyzes the relevance of natural resources or unitization clauses included in maritime delimitation agreements. It also takes into consideration the relation between these resources and maritime delimitation and analyzes all the relevant international jurisprudence. Another innovative aspect of this book is that it examines the possibility of joint development of resources that lay between the continental shelf and the Area, considering both theoretical and practical problems. As such, the book is a useful tool for scholars and experts on public international law and the law of the sea, but also for national authorities and practitioners of international disputes resolution, as well as public and private entities working in the oil and gas industry.

Authors and Affiliations

  • International Max Planck Research School for Maritime Affairs, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany

    Vasco Becker-Weinberg

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