San Diego Law Review

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This Comment examines the alternatives to the traditional International Law of the Sea for regulating high seas Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion devices (OTEC). The author begins by describing the ocean thermal energy conversion process and its advantages. The author then examines the concerns over regulation of this process on the high seas, and argues that existing international mechanisms that regulate high seas activities may be incapable of accommodating this new technology or developing appropriate regulation. The author concludes with a proposal for defining the status of ocean thermal energy conversion and analyzes several existing regimes as a possible example for the development of a unified OTEC regime.