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Canadian Oceans Policy

National Strategies and the New Law of the Sea

edited by Don M. McRae & Gordon Munro

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Environmental Policy, Oceans & Seas, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1989
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1989
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This book deals with Canada's oceans management policies since the conclusion of the 1982 Convention of the Law of the Sea. That Convention set out a jurisdictional framework for the management of the world's oceans, but it did not provide states with precise guidance on all the issues that can arise. As a state with one of the world's longest coastlines, Canada was one of the principal beneficiaries under the 1982 Convention regime. A study of Canadian policy is particularly significant, as Canadian oceans management places in relief many of the difficult questions yet to be resolved.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Donald McRae is Dean, Common Law Section, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Gordon Munro is Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

... an important addition to the international literature on ocean policy development. In Canadian terms it is quite unique, as there is so far no other work which at least attempts to come to grips with some of the complex ocean policy issues faced by major developed coastal States.

Marine Policy

Canadian Oceans Policy is an excellent book, composed of high-quality scholarly essays with a wide sweep of subject-matter...The book will appeal to anyone interested in the law of the sea or in any aspect of ocean policy, whether from a biological, economic or legal standpoint.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs

This eminently readable collection provides multidisciplinary perspectives on its subject ... For those familiar with Canadian oceans problems, this volume serves as a reminder of what Canada has accomplished, and what still needs to be done for effective oceans management; for others, including students and the general public, it will provide an objective and balanced introduction to oceans issues.

Canadian Journal of Political Science

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