The law of the sea

Third edition

By R. R. Churchill and A. Lowe

The law of the sea

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-4382-6
  • Pages: 544
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £29.99
  • Published Date: August 1999
  • BIC Category: Law / International law, International Maritime Law, LAW / International, LAW / Maritime, International law, Law, Law
  • Series: Melland Schill Studies in International Law


The law of the sea quickly established itself as the standard work on the subject: authoritative, balanced and readable.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated to cover the many developments that have occurred since publication of the second edition in 1988, among the most notable of which is the entry into force in 1994 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Written so as to be intelligible to all concerned with maritime affairs, the book has proved particularly valuable to international lawyers and those taking specialist courses in the law of the sea and maritime studies.


Praise for the second edition:

'The law of the sea can be most warmly recommended as a key aid to the understanding of contemporary international law on the uses of maritime space.'
International Affairs

'This should remain a standard work...highly recommended.'

'The book strikes a successful balance between analysis and discussion on the one hand, and between conciseness and detail on the other. Clarity is not achieved at the expense of completeness; uncertainties and complexities are not skirted over for the sake of simplicity. It will be a valuable assistance to teachers and a great relied to students.'
Marine Policy

'Excellent...clear exposition of the law of the sea.'
Cambridge Law Journal

'Retains its pre-eminence...crafted precisely and carefully. Will remain at the front of the bookshelves.'
The Law Society's Gazette


Table of cases
Table of conventions

1 Introduction
2 Baselines
3 Internal waters
4 The territorial sea
5 Straits
6 Archipelagos
7 The contiguous zone
8 The continental shelf
9 The exclusive economic zone
10 Delimitation of maritime boundaries
11 High seas
12 The international sea bed area
13 Navigation
14 Fishing
15 The prevention of maritime pollution and protection of the marine environment
16 Marine scientific research and the transfer of technology
17 Military uses of the sea
18 Landlocked and geographically disadvantaged states
19 Settlement of disputes

Appendix 1: Claims to maritime zones
Appendix 2: Ratifications of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, its implementation agreements and the Geneva Conventions


Robin Churchill is Reader in Law at Cardiff Law School

Vaughan Lowe is Reader in Law at the University of Cambridge

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