Liberia Seeks to Nearly Double Seabed Maritime Jurisdiction

London – October 29, 2018 – Cooley advised the Republic of Liberia on lodging a submission to establish the outer limits of its continental shelf with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York.

“The submission is important as it provides the legal basis for Liberia to extend the area of its continental shelf by more than 75,000 square kilometers, almost doubling the country’s area of maritime jurisdiction,” said Joshua Brien, Cooley special counsel. “In addition, the submission enables Liberia to exercise sovereign rights over the living and non-living resources of the seabed and subsoil in the extended area of continental shelf jurisdiction for the benefit of present and future generations.”

The submission was prepared in accordance with Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, under which coastal states such as Liberia can submit scientific and technical information to the Commission to determine the outer limits of the continental shelf where those limits extend beyond the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

Read the Executive Summary of the submission.

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