This Article examines the jurisdictional limitations established by United States deep seabed mining legislation. The author argues that by incorporating the ambiguous jurisdictional language of earlier international agreements into domestic legislation, the drafters have missed the opportunity to expand the United States' unrestricted access to deep seabed hard minerals. The author proposes that the promotion of continued development of deep seabed mining technology can be achieved through the legislative enactment of an Exclusive Economic Zone, which would place portions of the deep seabed, that would have otherwise have been excluded, under national jurisdiction.
Michael R. Molitor,
The U.S. Deep Seabed Mining Regulations: The Legal Basis for an Alternative Regime,
San Diego L. Rev.
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