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Rocks in the Law of the Sea: Some comments on the South China Sea Arbitration Award

Article 121(2) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the Convention) stipulates that, "The territorial sea, the...

According to the International Court of Justice, this rule has the status of customary law, Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), and gives islands major importance…

  • Gilbert Guillaume
  • Global Times

It does however have an exception.

According to paragraph 3 of the same article, “[r]ocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.”

These rocks generate rights only to a territorial sea and a contiguous zone.

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