Oil And Gas Development In Disputed Waters Under UNCLOS

Constantinos Yiallourides

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Maritime delimitation is crucial in determining which coastal States may exercisecontrol and jurisdiction over certain hydrocarbon deposits. Although international law has recently become more precise on the matter, boundary disputes are frequently resolved only after several or even many years. Even while coastal States are in a deadlock over delimitation issues, the need to explore and exploit the disputed areas’ resources remains imperative for reasons of energy security, social welfare and economic development. Thus, the question arises as to the rights and obligations of coastal States with respect to the development of natural resources in areas subject to overlapping claims.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)59-86
Number of pages28
JournalUCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
Issue number1
Early online date31 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • oil and gas
  • boundary disputes
  • contested waters
  • seismic surveys
  • Law of the Sea


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