Course Description

Law-5743 International Energy & Natural Resources Law: 3 hours

This course addresses the many legal issues faced by tapping both traditional and renewable energy resources located outside the territorial confines of nation states. Extensive attention is given to the Law of the Sea, both by focusing on the evolution and development of that law, especially in the form of the contributions made by the International Law Commission and the 1958 Geneva Conventions on the Law of the Sea, and its current form in the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea. Principles governing the continental shelf, the EEZ, as well as the high seas and deep seabed are examined. Beyond this, also taken up are the rules of international law affecting energy resources in polar zones. Illustrative instruments include the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, and the Protocol of Environmental Protection (Madrid Protocol), as well as associated efforts applicable to Antarctica and to the Arctic. The course concludes by addressing the matter of futuristic energy resource efforts involving outer space, e.g., the deployment of solar collection arrays and systems, and the mining of celestial bodies for minerals critical to the energy industry, or for helium-3 from the surface of the moon.

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