NUS Centre for International Law series
Edited by S. Jayakumar, Tommy Koh and Robert Beckman
Chapter 3: Maritime zones from islands and rocks
Small insular formations have in more recent times, with the advent of major maritime zones such as the 200 nautical miles (nm) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the expanded definition of the continental shelf in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), caused legal disputes all over the world in terms not just of entitlement to such zones under UNCLOS, but also as to what effect, if any, they should have in delimitation of such zones between neighbouring States. Several such formations are situated in Eastern Asia in the South and East China Seas and the Sea of Japan. This chapter has particular reference to the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, where insular problems are particularly acute.
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