Conflicts over protection of marine living resources : the ‘Volga Case’ revisited

Karim, Saiful (2011) Conflicts over protection of marine living resources : the ‘Volga Case’ revisited. Goettingen Journal of International Law, 3(1), pp. 101-127.

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Abstract

Non-traditional maritime security concerns have become more importantthan ever in the post-Cold War era. Naval forces of most developedcountries are more concerned about these threats than conventional war.One of the main maritime security issues for many countries in the world isillegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the marine area. Withthese burgeoning issues comes the potential for a large number of disputesinvolving international law. In early 2002, a long-line fishing vessel under aRussian flag –the Volga, was detained by Australian authorities a few hundred meters outside the Exclusive Economic Zone of Australia’s Heard and McDonald Islands in the Southern Ocean. The vessel was reportedly engaged in illegal fishing. This incident gave birth to litigation in international and Australian courts. Apart from these cases, Russia also announced separate litigation against Australia for violation of Articles 111and 87 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (NCLOS).Considering the outcome of these cases, this article critically examines thecharacteristics of litigation as a strategy for pacific settlement of disputesover marine living resources. Using the Volga Case as an example, thisarticle explores some issues related to the judicial settlement of disputes over marine living resources. This article demonstrates that the legal certainty of winning a case may not be the only factor influencing the strategy for settlement of an international dispute.

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ID Code: 60300
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.3249/1868-1581-3-1-karim
ISSN: 1868-1581 (online)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 28 May 2013 23:36
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2014 22:35

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