Oceans and seas have already become a hot issue in international affairs and the focus of attention of coastal states. It is of paramount significance to establish and improve international marine order for the peaceful utilization and protection of oceans and seas. Known as “the constitution of the oceans”, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is a vital embodiment of international law of the sea. This book introduces the formulation process of UNCLOS and China’s role in this process, briefs on the principles on which UNCLOS is based and its contents, and discusses how to use UNCLOS to understand and resolve maritime issues concerning China. This book is informative, authoritative, and readable.
Zhang Haiwen: Director-General of Department of International Cooperation and Director of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs Office of State Oceanic Administration; Deputy Chairman of Chinese Society of International Law and Secretary-General of China Society for The Law of The Sea; expert enjoying the special government allowances issued by the State Council. Organized the compilation of A Collection of Interpretations of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, An Illustration of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and Research on the Legislation of the Bohai Sea and participated in the compilation of the annual reports of China’s Ocean Development Report and so on.
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