San Diego Law Review

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This Comment considers the legal ramifications of an offshore oil well explosion that spills oil into the marine environment of another nation. The author suggests that no effective international law exists to govern the legal issues spawned by these incidents, including questions of liability, damages, and compensation. The author proposes the development of a new international treaty imposing strict liability on a nation when an offshore structure within its jurisdiction causes transnational oil pollution. The author argues that the current utilization of the strict liability concept in various sources of "customary" international law supports this standard of liability.