Schofield publishes new research on Law of the Sea

King’s Geography Senior Lecturer Richard Schofield has published new research on the law of the sea. WaterWords recently highlighted the importance of international law and the oceans during our celebration of World Oceans Day.

Together with Clive Schofield from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, Richard explores how the law of the sea is brought to bear on low-tide elevations and artificial islands. From the article’s abstract:

Low-tide elevations and artificial islands have received less attention than islands ‘proper’. The article examines the evolution of the law of the sea applicable to such features, providing a contextual background for controversial contemporary state practice relating to their treatment. It includes a detailed case study of how the policies of one major maritime power, the United Kingdom, were formulated, adapted and refined in the face of fast-changing international legal norms and pressing regional concerns. In particular Britain’s consideration of the entitlement of artificial islands in the Persian Gulf during the early 1950s and the question of whether low-tide elevations could be occupied a few years later in the Caribbean region are examined. Subsequent clarifications of relevant positions in international law concerning sovereignty claims to and maritime claims from low-tide elevations and artificial islands are discussed.

Testing the Waters: Charting The Evolution of Claims to and From Low-Tide Elevations and Artificial Islands under the Law of the Sea” was published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy.