Building A New Legal Order For The Oceans
- About the Author
The most important of Tommy Koh's writings on the Law of the Sea are brought together in Building a New Legal Order for the Oceans. As the president of the third United Nations Conference on the NUS Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he shares his unique perspective on the UNCLOS negotiation process, and the concepts, tensions and intentions that underlie today's Law of the Sea. There could be no better guide to this aspect of international law than Koh.
UNCLOS contains the modern law of the sea. It has been called a constitution for the oceans. It contains many new concepts of international law, such as, the Exclusive Economic Zone, Archipelagic State, Straits Used for International Navigation, Transit Passage, Archipelagic Sealane Passage, the Common Heritage of Mankind. Koh explains these and other concepts.
Peace at sea is made possible by UNCLOS. Koh discusses current threats to maritime security. He explains the intricacies of the disputes in the South China Sea. What can be learned from the success of UNCLOS? How can we build on that success, and manage the new tensions that arise in the Law of the Sea?
"This book will help readers understand why the rules-based legal order for the oceans that Tommy Koh helped establish is as important today as it was in 1982."
- Robert Beckman, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore.
“From a world-renowned lawyer and diplomat who was present at its creation, Professor Koh takes us through a first-hand account of the delicate negotiation and subsequent implementation of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention, a seminal instrument to which some 167 States plus the European Union are currently parties.”
– Rodman Bundy, Partner, Eversheds Harry Elias
Tommy Koh is Singapore's Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rector of Tembusu College, Special Advisor to the Institute of Policy Studies, and Chairman of the Governing Board Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. He served as President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea from 1981 to 1982.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 376
Size: 229mm x 152 mm