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REGIME OF ISLANDS
(Article 121 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS III)
A lecture by Ambassador Andrew Jacovides at the Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy
Rhodes, 5 July 2013
Once again, I am very pleased to have the occasion of addressing you, this time on the Regime of Islands. Even though it occupies only one of the 320 Articles of UNCLOS III, Article 121, the topic of islands is an important issue of the law of the sea, as evidenced by the extensive discussions in the early stages of the UN Conference (1973-82) and in the preparatory stage preceding it (1970-73) in the Seabed Committee, as outlined in the DOALOS publication “Regime of Islands – Legislative History”. It is very much a live issue today, especially in the Pacific Ocean, but also in several other parts of the world.