This Article examines the need for the legal characterization of the rights of coastal states to explore and exploit the natural resources of its continental shelf. The author discusses the need for such characterization and reviews the law regarding analogous onshore mineral rights. The author examines the negotiations that lead to the final wording of the Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf and the subsequent conduct of nations, and concludes that coastal states enjoy real property rights in the natural resources located on its continental shelf.
F. V. Penick,
The Legal Character of the Right to Explore and Exploit the Natural Resources of the Continental Shelf,
San Diego L. Rev.
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