San Diego Law Review

Library of Congress Authority File


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This comment explores the law regarding the ownership of newly emerging islands. Specifically, the comment examines who might claim ownership of newly emerged islands between the Volcano and Mariana Islands and under what theories these claims could be made. The author begins by discussing the use of existing seabed claims to claim newly emerged islands. The author then discusses how the theories of contiguity, occupation, and discovery might be used to claim newly emerged islands. The author concludes by discussing the political feasibility of such claims and the possible effect the UNCLOS III would have.