2005 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Accra, Ghana, 17–20 October 2005

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This volume contains the Memoranda prepared for the 2005 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials, together with the Communiqué and Meeting Agenda. (Minutes of the Meeting and Classified Memoranda are published separately, as these are only available to member governments.)



Introductory Note on Issues Concerning Rights/Obligations and Deadlines Under Part VI of UNCLOS in Relation to the Extended Continental Shelf

In October 2004 Commonwealth Law Ministers of Small Jurisdictions issued a Communiqué concerning the implementation of Article 76 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Ministers recommended that: “The Commonwealth Secretariat should prepare a summary of the rights and obligations in respect of an extended continental shelf under UNCLOS.” The Special Advisory Services Division (SASD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat subsequently decided to expand the focus of this report to include a legal opinion on the situation post-2009 for countries that failed to meet the deadline imposed under UNCLOS for submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (Commission) or (CLCS) established pursuant to Annex II of UNCLOS.


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