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The artificial construction and modification of maritime features: Piling Pelion on Ossa
Lewis, R. (2021). The artificial construction and modification of maritime features: Piling Pelion on Ossa. Ocean Dev. Int. Law 52(3): 239-259. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1080/00908320.2021.1917099
In: Ocean Development and International Law. Taylor & Francis: New York, N.Y.. ISSN 0090-8320; e-ISSN 1521-0642, more
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Keywords
    Islands
    Structures > Hydraulic structures > Offshore structures > Artificial islands
Author keywords
    Maritime zones, sovereignty territory

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  • Lewis, R.

Abstract
    Coastal states create and modify maritime features. The law of the sea recognizes the existence of artificial islands, installations, and structures. It also defines islands and low-tide elevations as “naturally formed” areas of land. Thus far, however, these concepts have been ambiguously interpreted and applied. This article puts forward a clearer approach. It reemphasizes some of the fundamental principles of international law by demonstrating that a feature’s capability of sovereign appropriation should determine its legal treatment.

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