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Underwater Cultural Heritage and International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

Underwater Cultural Heritage and International Law (Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law)

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Sarah Dromgoole
Cambridge University Press, 7/31/2013
EAN 9780521842310, ISBN10: 052184231X

Hardcover, 500 pages, 23.4 x 15.9 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, which entered into force internationally in 2009, is designed to deal with threats to underwater cultural heritage arising as a result of advances in deep-water technology. However, the relationship between this new treaty and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is deeply controversial. This study of the international legal framework regulating human interference with underwater cultural heritage explores the development and present status of the framework and gives some consideration to how it may evolve in the future. The central themes are the issues that provided the UNESCO negotiators with their greatest challenges: the question of ownership rights in sunken vessels and cargoes; sovereign immunity and sunken warships; the application of salvage law; the ethics of commercial exploitation; and, most crucially, the question of jurisdictional competence to regulate activities beyond territorial sea limits.

1. The evolution of international law on underwater cultural heritage
2. Defining underwater cultural heritage
3. Ownership and other interests in underwater cultural heritage
4. Sunken state vessels and aircraft
5. Application of salvage law and the law of finds
6. Commercial exploitation of underwater cultural heritage
7. Rights, jurisdiction and duties under general international law
8. UNESCO Convention 2001
jurisdictional mechanisms
9. UNESCO Convention 2001
implementation issues
10. UNESCO Convention 2001
further matters
Final reflections.