26 July, 2019

DSCC Briefing on International Seabed Authority Draft Exploitation Regulations for Deep Seabed Mining – Duncan E J Currie | June 19

Analysis of Draft International Seabed Authority Exploitation Regulations – Duncan E J Currie | June 19

DSCC Briefing on ISA Observer Status | July 10

  • The DSCC submitted this briefing which contains response to and concerns around proposed on observer status at the International Seabed Authority.
  • Available in English.

DSCC Interventions

July 15 – Item 10 Report of Implementation of 2018 Decision of Council on Reports of LTC Chair

July 15 – Report of Financial Workshop 

July 15 – Draft Regulations Part 1

July 17 – Item 11: Draft Regulations

July 17 – Draft Regulations Part IV

July 22 – Item 6: Observer guidelines

July 23 – Item 9: Secretary-General report

July 24 – Item 10: High Level Action Plan

July 26 – Item 6: Observer guidelines

July 26 – Item 11: Commemoration of ISA’s 25th anniversary

27 February, 2019

  • The Review of Environment Impact Assessments Under the Exploration Regulations: A cautionary tale – by Matthew Gianni co-founder, political and policy advisor for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.

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  • Environment Impact Assessments: International Seabed Authority 25th Annual Session – by Duncan Currie LL.B (Hons.) LL.M., Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

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To read the interventions delivered by DSCC during the 25th Annual Session of the ISA, click here.

30 September, 2018

These comments were made by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) on the release of the Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area, and the accompanying Note by the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

They first make some overall observations which are applicable to the overall regulations and their structure, then make comments on individual draft regulations.


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9 May, 2018

This study undertakes a legal and policy analysis of Deep Sea Mining (DSM) in the Pacific region, providing an overall mapping of the legislative status of DSM in eleven Pacific Islanf nations and additional in-depth case study analyses of Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji.

Author: A report by Blue Ocean Law and The Pacific Network on Globalisation

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16 April, 2018

Authors: Julie Hunter, Pradeep Singh, & Julian Aguon.

With recent technological advances and growing demand for minerals used in consumer electronics, Deep Sea Mining (DSM) appears poised to become the next frontier in resource extraction. Hailed as the new global gold rush, DSM entails harvesting mineral deposits in the deep sea for use in emerging and high technology, among other sectors.

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8 January, 2018

As human use of rare metals has diversified and risen with global development, metal ore deposits from the deep ocean floor are increasingly seen as an attractive future resource.

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