Take it to the Limit: Defining the Continental Shelf in the Arctic

In Svein Vigeland Rottem and Ida Folkestad Soltvedt (eds), Arctic Governance: Law and Politics. Volume 1. London, I.B. Tauris, 2017, pp. 107-132.

This chapter is about the establishment of continental shelf limits beyond 200 nautical miles in the Arctic Ocean, focusing on the legal framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Two issues are particularly examined. First, emphasis is placed on the definition of the continental shelf in Article 76 of the Law of the Sea Convention. Second, the status of the domestic implementaiton by various states on setting the limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Arctic is reviewed. The chapter also provides some reflections regarding potential maritime delimitations between neighbouring states beyond 200 nautical miles in the Arctic Ocean.