With the transition to the commercial-scale exploitation of deep seabed minerals, the International Seabed Authority's obligation to protect the marine environment is being tested. In The International Seabed Authority and the Precautionary Principle, Aline L. Jaeckel provides the first in-depth analysis of the Authority's work in regulating and managing deep seabed minerals.
This book examines whether and to what extent the Authority is implementing the precautionary principle in practice. This includes the development of adequate environmental protection standards as well as procedural safeguards and decision-making processes that facilitate risk assessment and risk management. In doing so, the author offers an insightful example of how the precautionary principle can be translated into a practical management tool.
Preliminary Material i–xx
- Deep Seabed Mining and the Marine Environment 1–26
- The Precautionary Principle in International Law 27–69
- The International Seabed Authority and the Seabed Mining Regime 71–115
- The Environmental Mandate of the ISA 116–141
- Developing the ISA’s Environmental Mandate Through the Mining Code 142–189
- Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Protective Measures 191–227
- Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Procedural Elements 228–280
- Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Institutional Aspects 281–302
- Conclusion 303–314
Aline L. Jaeckel, Ph.D. (2015), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, is a Research Fellow at Macquarie Law School. She has published in the fields of law of the sea, international law, and environmental law.