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New Major FNI Book on the World Ocean in
(29.08.2011) A recent volume edited by Davor Vidas and
Peter Johan Schei examines core challenges for ocean governance, including
climate change, sustainable fisheries, biodiversity, shipping, and regional
The latest book, prepared by the FNI in cooperation with
numerous international experts on marine sciences, ocean affairs and the law of
the sea, examines the emerging challenges for the World Ocean today. The
questions raised follow from an overall concern increasingly voiced by
scientists in recent years: Have we already entered a new epoch the
Anthropocene, dominated by the
impact of human activities? What, in that context, are the effects of
increasing globalisation on the seas and oceans?
The book systematically
analyses developments prompted by globalisation in central issue-areas of the
law of the sea, with contributions organised into five sections:
Key challenges and developments in the interface of science,
economic uses and law.
Climate change and the
Sustainability of fisheries.
Challenges and responses related to global maritime
Regulatory responses to global
challenges in seas surrounding Europe.
This is the second FNI volume on
the theme of oceans in globalisation, and is complementary to the first volume
issued in the spring of 2010: Law,
Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation, edited by Davor
Vidas. Those two highly interrelated volumes build on comprehensive
First, in August 2008 the FNI hosted an international
conference, The World Ocean in
Globalisation: Challenges for Marine Regions. Most of the contributors
to this book were among the invited participants to that FNI conference. The
thematic scope of the conference and the resultant books also reflect the study
foci of the FNI Marine Affairs and Law of the
Second, this broad thematic scope builds on the
foundations laid in the Order for the Oceans
at the Turn of the Century (Davor Vidas and Willy Østreng (eds),
Kluwer Law International, 1999), a volume resulting from the previous major
international conference on marine affairs and the law of the sea, hosted by
the Institute in August 1998. The present volume, together with its companion
volume published in 2010, addresses a range of central issue-areas that have
emerged on the FNI research agenda in the intervening years.
'Our objective went beyond merely preparing a set of conference
proceedings. The aim has been to produce two related, highly integrated volumes
that present a state-of-the-art report on the many legal and policy issues for
seas and oceans that are emerging in the wake of increasing globalisation,'
says FNI Research Professor Davor Vidas who,
together with FNI Director Peter Johan Schei
co-edited the second volume.
The two volumes provide a broad overview of
the overall theme of the oceans in globalisation, dealing with numerous
specific issue-areas in a total of 57 chapters written by altogether 66
contributors and comprising some 1200 pages. 'Our aim has never been to add yet
another bulky volume or two to the bibliography lists, CVs and bookshelves of
specialised libraries. These two collections deal with ocean issues that are of
great importance not only for our recent past and for our present time, but
also for the times yet to come,' explains
Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei
(eds), The World Ocean in Globalisation. Climate Change, Sustainable
Fisheries, Biodiversity, Shipping, Regional Issues, Leiden/Boston, Martinus
Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2011, 580 pp.
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The book's Chapter 1:
'The World Ocean in
Globalisation: Challenges and Responses for the Anthropocene Epoch' by
Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei
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