Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations
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Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations

Edited by Ramses A. Wessel and Jed Odermatt

Over the years, the European Union has developed relationships with other international institutions, mainly as a result of its increasingly active role as a global actor and the transfer of competences from the Member States to the EU. This book presents a comprehensive and critical assessment of the EU’s engagement with other international institutions, examining both the EU’s representation and cooperation as well as the influence of these bodies on the development of EU law and policy.
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Chapter 24: Law of the Sea Framework

Claudia Cinelli


The chapter argues that regardless of the type or lack of legal status of the EU within maritime institutions, its institutional presence is not a sine qua non for influence. The EU influence derives precisely from its competence in areas that are directly relevant to a maritime institution to which the EU is (or would be) engaged. In turn, this competence directly affects its Member States in general, and in the context of that institution in particular. In view of this, the question may be raised as to whether the EU needs more formal representation in maritime institutions. In substantive terms, its influence might not be dramatically enhanced. Would it nevertheless enhance the visibility of the EU’s institutionalized role, and foster more awareness internally to strengthen international ocean governance?

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