The Return to a Mare Clausum Through Regional Fisheries Management Organizations?

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The operation of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) may transform the high seas into mare clausum, by threatening the premise of the freedom of the high seas-equal access of all states to the high seas. This arises since the procedure to become a party to RFMOs prevents states from enjoying the freedom of fishing. Moreover, formal and substantive equality is not ensured in the decision-making process of RFMOs. However, in order to avoid this threat to mare liberum, RFMOs are making some efforts toward more rational and equitable management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-218
Number of pages14
JournalOcean Development and International Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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