Special Issue "Preserving Community Interests in Ocean Governance towards Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: international law; Chinese law; ocean law and policy; international relations
This Special Issue is designed to discuss and examine relevant legal issues concerning ocean governance in the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the long-lasting benefits of the international community. It will cover, inter alia, the safety of navigation and maritime security, the sustainable use of marine resources (living and non-living), marine environmental protection, climate change, and marine scientific research.
It is increasingly clear that the protection of the marine environment and the sustainable development of marine resources have been the most important components in global ocean governance and closely related to the vital interests of the whole international community. Although there are international normative documents and arrangements concerning ocean governance such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Rio Declaration, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the traditional mare liberum doctrine still remains firm in the promotion of national interests as individual states continue to grab marine space and resources in an unsustainable manner without seriously considering the collective interests of the international community as well as the interests of future generations. Such national selfishness has caused severe environmental risks and disasters in the ocean, particularly the maritime area beyond national jurisdiction, including the high seas, Antarctica, and the international seabed (the area), commonly known as “global commons”, but are of vital interest to the present generation as well as future generations. Thus, the rationale for preserving the community interests in ocean governance towards sustainability has become increasingly urgent.
The overall focus, scope and purpose of the Special Issue
This Special Issue is designed to focus on the community interests in ocean governance towards sustainability, and how to preserve these interests through the effective implementation of the international law of the sea and of the SDGs. The scope of the Special Issue will have several edge-cutting coverages: first, it will examine relevant legal issues concerning ocean governance in the context of SDGs for long-lasting benefits of the international community; second, it will identify new legal obligations to safeguard navigation and maritime security by considering the marine environment; third, it will evaluate effective legal frameworks for the sustainable use of marine resources (living and non-living); and fourth, it will discuss the regulations for marine scientific research and new developments of marine technologies for marine environmental protection. The purpose of the Special Issue is to highlight the concept of community interests in sustainable ocean governance, which will be fully reflected in a series of anticipated papers.
Relationship between the Special Issue and other literature on the topic
References to community interests appear from time to time in scholarly writings in the field of international relations and international law. The concept of community interests refers to interests protected by international law binding either all, or a group of, states and go beyond the delimitation of sovereign sphere of influence. There is existing literature, including books and journal articles, that considers the various manifestations of what has been described as “community interests” in many areas regulated by international law, including natural resources, global markets, human rights and use of force, and observe how law has evolved from a legal system based on more or less specific consent and aimed at promoting particular interests of states, to one that is more generally oriented towards collectively protecting common interests and values. However, the topic is never thoroughly researched and there is a huge gap in the existing literature, particularly in the context of ocean governance and sustainability. This Special Issue attempts to fill this gap, so as to attract more studies on this important topic in academia.
Prof. Dr. Keyuan Zou
Prof. Dr. Yen-Chiang Chang
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- community interests
- ocean governance
- sustainable development
- maritime security
- climate change
- marine fishery
- transfer of technology
- deepsea mining
- marine genetic resources
- integrated coastal management
- marine environmental protection
- marine ecological damage