Marine Policy: An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Marine Policy: An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Marine Policy: An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans

Dr Mark Zacharias of the Marine Protected Areas Research Group and Assistant Deputy Minister with the British Columbia (Canada) Ministry of the Environment recently published a new book titled “Marine Policy: An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans”. This is an important book for anyone studying or working in the fields of fisheries or marine conservation, governance or management.

“This textbook provides the reader with a foundation in policy development and analysis and describes how policy, including legal mechanisms, is applied to marine environments around the world. It offers a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including environmental protection, fisheries, transportation, energy, mining and climate change.

It starts with a biophysical overview of the structure and function of the marine environment with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities of managing the marine environment. An overview of the creation and function of international law is then provided with a focus on international marine law. It explores the geographic and jurisdictional dimensions of marine policy, as well the current and anticipated challenges facing marine systems, including climate change-related impacts and resource over-exploitation. The book should appeal to senior undergraduate and graduate students and form a core part of the curriculum for marine affairs, science and policy courses. It will also provide supplementary reading for students taking a course in the law of the oceans, but is not aimed at legal specialists.”

For more information or to order the book from Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415633086/

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About Nathan J. Bennett

Nathan J. Bennett (see nathanbennett.ca) is a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He conducts research on humans-environment interactions, conservation social sciences and environmental governance and management.
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