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ISA - International Seabed Authority
An autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

ITLOS - International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
The Convention establishes a legal framework to regulate all ocean space, its uses and resources. It contains, among other things, provisions relating to the territorial sea, the contiguous zone, the continental shelf, the exclusive economic zone and the high seas. It also provides for the protection and preservation of the marine environment, for marine scientific research and for the development and transfer of marine technology.

CLCS - Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
The purpose of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission or CLCS) is to facilitate the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the Convention) in respect of the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured.

Australian Maritime Boundaries Information System (AMBIS), Australia
Within the portfolio of Industry, Tourism and Resources, Geoscience Australia plays a role by producing geoscientific information and knowledge.

Continental Shelf Project, Denmark
The main tasks of the Continental Shelf Project are to identify potential claim areas and to acquire, interpret and document the necessary data for a submission to the United Nations.

Continental Shelf Project, New Zealand
These web documents discuss technical issues related to the application of UNCLOS article 76 that have arisen during the course of the Continental Shelf Project, and some of the practical aspects of managing the project.

Continental Shelf Mapping project, CCOM/JHC, USA
U.S. UNCLOS Bathymetry Project


Advisory Board on the Technical Aspects of the Law of the Sea (ABLOS)
The International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) in September 1994 agreed to form a joint Advisory Board to provide advice and guidance and, where applicable, offer expert interpretation of the hydrographic, geodetic and other technical aspects of the Law of the Sea to the parent organisations, their member states or to other organisations on request.


Specific regions law

British Institute of International and Comparative Law
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law exists to advance the understanding of international and comparative law, and to promote the rule of law in international affairs, and to be a leading research institute of international and comparative law and to promote its practical application by the dissemination of research through publications, conferences and discussion.

Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
The Centre supports research, education, and discussion on legal and public policy issues relating to the oceans. It promotes interdisciplinary interaction through a regular program of conferences, publications, and lectures.

Comite Maritime International (CMI), Antwerp, Belgium
A database of decisions by national Courts on the interpretation of maritime conventions has been established on the CMI website. Its purpose is to make available to judges, lawyers, academics and to the industry as many judgments as possible from as many Courts situated in as many countries as possible on the interpretation of maritime conventions, in the hope that that will contribute to their uniform interpretation.


American Coastal Coalition

UNCLOS and data services provider
Fugro Pelagos is a premier provider of high resolution hydrographic and seabed mapping services.

UNCLOS and data services provider
As one of the world's leading geophysical, geotechnical, hydrographic and environmental survey specialists, Gardline Marine Sciences provides a wide range of marine services.

BCNet - Biodiversity Conservation Network, Fiji

IBRU - International Boundaries Research Unit, University of Durham, UK
The International Boundaries Research Unit works to enhance the resources available for the peaceful resolution of problems associated with international boundaries on land and at sea, including their delimitation, demarcation and management.

Small island developing States (SIDS) Data
Access to information on islands and small island developing States (SIDS)especially from within the United Nations system.

COL - Council on Ocean Law
Centre for Leadership in Global Diplomacy.

IOC - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Provides member states of the United Nations with an essential mechanism for global co-operation in the study of the ocean.



Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE)
Aims to advance ocean research, education and policy by: 1) facilitating ongoing ocean research programs and fostering new ocean research investments by public, private and government institutions; 2) promoting high quality education in the ocean sciences, fostering collaborations between scientists and educators and enhancing public ocean literacy; 3) advocating ocean policy issues by representing the academic and industry ocean research community before Congress, partnering with and advising government agencies, and collaborating with non-governmental organizations; and 4) cultivating and promoting awareness and appreciation of the oceans among government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the general public.

Institute of Maritime Law, Faculty of Law, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany

Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Endeavours to develop and sustain expertise on all issues related to the law of the sea; to enhance and broaden awareness and knowledge of the law of the sea and to assist States - in particular developing States -, intergovernmental organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, companies and individuals in dealing with law of the sea issues.

Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Public Policy, Aegean Institute on the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Rhodes, Greece



Fledermaus Interactive Visualisation System



Generic Mapping Tools (GMT)