The Operation of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf Facing Disputes: An Examination of the Rules and Practices

Event date
4 June 2021
Event time
13:00 - 14:30
Oxford week
TT 6
Online via Miscrosoft Teams
Professor Michael Sheng-ti Gau

Professor Gau will present an article recently published in The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 36 (2021) 1-23. 



The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) regulates the establishment of the outer limits of its continental shelf beyond 200 miles by a coastal State. Such limits are legitimised when based on the recommendations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) under LOSC Article 76(8). The coastal State must first submit the information for delineating the limits to the CLCS, which will evaluate the information before providing recommendations. The CLCS shall not consider the submission made by any State concerned in a land or maritime dispute unless consent from all disputing parties is given under paragraph 5(a) of Annex I to the CLCS Rules of Procedure. This article interprets paragraph 5(a) and examines the subsequent practice of States sending submissions and/or notifying the CLCS of disputes, and the CLCS in handling various submissions involved in these disputes.


Bio of the speaker: 

Michael Sheng-ti Gau is Professor of Public International Law at the Institute of International Law in Wuhan University Law School since August 2019. Professor Gau received his LL.B. from National Taiwan University, and two LL.M. from Cambridge University and King's College London. He earned his Ph.D. in international law from Leiden University. He has been teaching in Taiwan for 17 years and Hainan University Law School for two years. Professor Gau has been publishing papers on the topics of Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, South China Sea Disputes and Arbitration, maritime boundary delimitation, international air law, and regional fishery management organizations in the Ocean Yearbook, Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Ocean Development and International Law, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Journal of East Asia and International Law, China Oceans Law Review, Chinese Journal of International Law, Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy, and some other journals in Chinese language.


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Public International Law