The scope of marine scientific research has long been debated due to a lack of definition of the term in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The introduction of new forms and methods of ocean data collection adds another layer of legal uncertainty in this field. Marine Scientific Research and the Regulation of Modern Ocean Data Collection Activities Under UNCLOS thus strives to identify the possible limits of the existing legal framework, mainly the UNCLOS marine scientific research regime, and the ways in which the identified gaps can be bridged. In the analysis, Chuxiao Yu carries out two case studies: one on access to marine genetic resources and the other on operational oceanographic activities.
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 An Analysis of the Approach to Interpreting Pertinent UNCLOS Provisions
Chapter 3 UNCLOS Provisions on Ocean Data Collection – with a Focus on the Marine Scientific Research Regime
Chapter 4 Subsequent Practice on Ocean Data Collection Activities
Chapter 5 Regulation of Ocean Data Collection Activities under Other International Conventions
Chapter 6 Access to Marine Genetic Resources and Its Regulatory Framework
Chapter 7 Operational Oceanography and Its Regulatory Framework
Chapter 8 Concluding Remarks
Chuxiao Yu, PhD (2021), Utrecht University, is an Associate Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University. Her fields of expertise include the law of the sea and international environmental law.