International Law of the Sea

The International Law Section deals with matters that arise in relation to the interpretation and application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS) as well as other international treaties that regulate issues concerning the law of the sea, as well as the related customary international law. It provides legal advice and guidance on legal questions arising in the context of the United Nations (such as resolutions of the General Assembly on the law of the sea and the oceans, the work of the International Law Commission etc.) or other international organisations on matters of the law of the sea, of which the Republic of Cyprus is a member State.

Furthermore, it provides legal advice and guidance on matters pertaining the sovereignty, the sovereign rights and the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus within its maritime zones (Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Continental Shelf), the jurisdiction of the Republic on the High Seas, as well as issues of delimitation of maritime zones between coastal States. In this context, it also advises the Government with regard to possible legal measures concerning the illegal activities of Turkey (seismic surveys, drilling, etc.) within the maritime zones of Cyprus.

It further provides legal support in relation to the conclusion of international treaties and the adoption and implementation of national legislation on matters such as maritime delimitation, cooperation with other countries on hydrocarbon exploitation, fisheries, protection of the marine environment and underwater cultural heritage and more, as well as on licensing of maritime activities, such as marine scientific research, laying of submarine cables and pipelines etc.

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