The World Ocean in Globalisation

Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill, 2011, 580 p.

In this volume, 33 international experts on marine sciences, ocean affairs and the law of the sea examine the emerging challenges for the World Ocean, inquiring into developments prompted by globalisation in central issue-areas of the law of the sea. These are explored systematically in sections on the key challenges and developments in the interface of science, economic uses and law (Part I); climate change and the oceans (Part II); sustainability of fisheries (Part III); challenges and responses related to global maritime transport (Part IV); and the regulatory responses to global challenges in seas surrounding Europe (Part V). The questions raised in this book 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? This is the second volume on the theme of oceans in globalisation prepared by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in international cooperation with numerous experts on marine affairs and the law of the sea. The first volume was issued by the same publisher, Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, in the spring of 2010: Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation (Davor Vidas, ed.).