Joanna Mossop LLM, LLB is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Victoria University of Wellington. She is currently exploring potential regulations that could be used in the future to manage activities on the outer/extended continental shelf (this is the portion of the shelf that extends beyond 200 nautical miles, up to 350 nautical miles). The results will be published in a book entitled: “Regulating the Final Frontier: Rights and Responsibilities on the Outer Continental Shelf.”
A detailed description of her project is available here
Sound technical input is essential to effective regulation. Therefore Joanna would appreciate assistance with the following specific technical questions, which IMarEST members with their wide-ranging expertise in ocean engineering, science and technology are ideally placed to answer.
- What activities (commercial, non-commercial, research – for both living and non-living resources) are currently taking place on the outer continental shelf (or in the vicinity of this area)?
- What activities (ditto) are likely to take place here in the short- to long-term; no limits on the potential timeframe?
- How important is it to have regulation in place for this area; what sort of regulation would be useful; how might regulation or the absence thereof affect future activities here ?
- What significant technical (i.e., NOT legal) conferences would be helpful for her to attend in order to enhance her understanding of the current knowledge about the continental shelf and what the shape of future activities might be?
She would also appreciate any references to literature, websites or people to contact. Please send your responses to the questions and any other comments or information that could be useful to her project to her via email at Joanna.Mossop@vuw.ac.nz, with a copy to email@example.com, with Outer Continental Shelf in the subject line, by 31 July 2012.