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Ocean Law & Policy

Although the ocean is typically seen as lying outside modern categories of property and territory, it is anything but an unregulated space. A complex web of policies, laws, and informal and formal arrangements - at the local, state, regional, national, and global levels - enable and limit the way we move across, recreate in, and extract living and non-living resources from the sea. Understanding what works and doesn't work in ocean law and policy is crucial as we seek to protect the marine environment, ensure the sustainable use of marine resources, and improve the livelihoods of individuals in coastal communities. Researchers at Florida State adopt a number of perspectives - from the history of ocean governance amidst the rise of the international system through contemporary initiatives in marine spatial planning, and from the global reach of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea through the local impact of Florida coastal development regulations - to understand and improve ocean policy and law.