Regulating the Common Heritage of Mankind: Challenges in Developing a Mining Code for the Area

  • Hannah Lily
  • Stephen E. Roady
Conference paper


The International Seabed Authority has a challenging dual role: to develop the mineral resources of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction, whilst also protecting and preserving the marine environment from the effects of seabed mining. Setting rules, regulations and procedures for environmental management will be a key means of discharging that responsibility. This chapter identifies where there appear to be gaps within the current system, with particular attention to environmental impact assessment procedures. The authors consider the new exploitation regulations currently under negotiation, and identify opportunities to bolster such rules better to enable the International Seabed Authority to meet its environmental protection mandate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannah Lily
    • 1
  • Stephen E. Roady
    • 2
  1. 1.The Pew Charitable TrustsLondonUK
  2. 2.Duke University, School of LawDurhamUSA

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