A(nta)rctic Law


selected documents
Cecile Hoitink (ed.)
Pages: 262 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 12-2011
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058507693

Product Description

This handbook includes material relating to Antarctic Laws and regulations. The most important body of regulations in the area of Anatarctic law is the Antarctic Treaty System, also referred to as ATS. The ATS is a unique suite of international Legal instruments that regulate the actions of member states (countries) in the areas out of 60° South latitude. The Antarctic Treaty and related agreements, collectively called the Antarctic Treaty Stystem or ATS, regulate international relations with resprect to Antarctica, Earth’s only continent without a native human population. For the purposes of the treaty system, Antarctica is defined as all of the land and ice shelves south of 60° latitude. The treaty, entering into force in 1961 and eventually signed by 47 countries, sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on that continent. The Antarctic Treaty Secretariat headquarters have been located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since September 2004.

This handbook will be of help both to those familiar with the Antarctic treaty System and to new comers who want to learn about Antarctica and its regulatory system. In addition, the selected documents provides a clear and comprehensive overview of laws and regulations that are relevant to the ATS and its influence. In short, legal scholars, environmentalists and academics will find all relevant laws and regulations concerning our most precious natural reserve Antarctica in this book.