San Diego Law Review

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This Article examines the issue of the United State's exertion of jurisdiction over the continental shelf, with specific focus on the recent Department of Interior opinion, which provides that the Department has leasing authority with respect to the mineral resources of the "outer Continental Shelf," as defined by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. The authors examine the two sources of law that determine the extent of United States jurisdiction and control over the seabed, customary international law and treaties and conventions binding upon the United States. The authors conclude that the United States' exercise of jurisdiction under this opinion is consistent with the Exclusive Economic Zone doctrine, as well as the Continental Shelf Convention.