This ground-breaking book challenges legal orthodoxy, presenting an original approach
to the treatment of islands in international law. It offers a new perspective on how
to define islands in international law, questioning how they differ from other
maritime features. It focuses on the contextual factors that bear upon the legal
treatment of islands, recognising that, in practice, islands have varied and unequal
impacts and arguing that greater focus on context is needed to understand legal
outcomes, particularly those concerning maritime boundary delimitation.
This timely book examines the reform of maritime law under the influence of environmental principles and the effects of these changes in the legal relationships between maritime stakeholders. Providing an integrated assessment of the use of environmental principles in the governance of shipping and maritime law, it argues that normative barriers supported by short term financial interests, the balance of power between states and the technocratic character of the IMO are delaying necessary changes to support sustainable development and thus endanger the marine environment.