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Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law

Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law

Research Handbooks in Environmental Law series

Edited by Rosemary Rayfuse

This authoritative Handbook examines the current state and the future needs of international law in addressing the key activities that pose threats to the marine environment. Its chapters explore the legal framework for protection of the marine environment, pollution of the marine environment, seabed activities and the marine environment, protection of marine biodiversity, regional approaches to the protection of the marine environment and climate change and the marine environment. Each chapter goes beyond a survey of existing law to identify the shortcomings in the legal regime and areas of critical research needed to address these shortcomings. This book provides significant insights into contemporary issues surrounding the efficacy of the regime created by the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and details the further work needed to ensure the design and implementation of effective regulation and management of human activities that affect the marine environment.

Chapter 9: Protection of the marine environment from offshore oil and gas activities

Nengye Liu

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, public international law

Abstract

This chapter examines the current international and regional legal regime for the protection of marine environment from offshore oil and gas activities, including the regimes relating to (prevention, reduction and control of operational and accidental pollution as well as liability and compensation regimes. In particular, the chapter focuses on recent legal developments at the regional level (the Northeast Atlantic, the Arctic and the European Union) since the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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