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New Major FNI Book on the World Ocean in Globalisation

Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei (ed): The World Ocean in Globalisation.(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 issues.

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 oceans.
   Sustainability of fisheries.
   Challenges and responses related to global maritime transport.
   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 foundations.

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 Sea Programme.

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.

Davor VidasPeter Johan Schei'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 Vidas.

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.


Further information:
   Book presentation at Brill's website
   Book flyer and order form
   See Table of Contents
   Read more about FNI's research on Marine Affairs and the Law of the Sea
   Contact person: Davor Vidas

See also:
   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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