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Australian Coastal and Marine Law

Australian Coastal and Marine Law

Edited by Rachel Baird and Donald R Rothwell


Cover photograph: Coastline, northern Tasmania
Courtesy and Copyright of the Photographer: Linda Kythe Nix

This book is a comprehensive guide to Australian coastal and marine law. Since the landmark enactment of the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973 (Cth), and the subsequent High Court decision in NSW v Commonwealth, there have been rapid developments in Australian coastal and marine law and policy. The Offshore Constitutional Settlement paved the way for offshore management between the Commonwealth, States and the Northern Territory, and from this foundation a raft of new environmental laws were adopted in the 1980s and 1990s, often promoted by international developments such as the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or through new marine pollution conventions adopted by the International Maritime Organisation.

In the last decade as a result of the increased profile associated with concerns over climate change, whaling, and major maritime incidents such as the Pasha Bulker (2007), Pacific Adventurer (2009), the Montara oil platform spill (2009), and Shen Neng I (2010) there has been greater environmental consciousness and concern about the need to have a comprehensive legal framework in place to deal with these issues.

The book particularly reflects upon how Australian law regulates and manages a range of environmental issues which arise in the coastal zone and the marine environment. The Australian maritime domain is the focus of analysis, including all areas within State and Territorial jurisdiction, and areas within Commonwealth control and regulation. Activities that are subject to specific consideration include the continental shelf, fishing, indigenous rights, marine parks, marine pollution, ports and harbours, and shipping.


Foreword - Ivan Shearer AM
Australia’s Coastal and Marine Environment
Donald R Rothwell and Rachel Baird
The International Legal Framework
Donald R Rothwell
The National Legal Framework
Rachel Baird
Commonwealth and State Marine Environmental Management
Matthew Osborne
The Maritime Boundaries of Australia
Andrew Serdy
Fisheries Management
Rachel Baird
The Continental Shelf
Tim Stephens
Ports and Harbours
Donald R Rothwell
Craig Forrest
Marine Pollution and Environmental Law
Stathis Palassis
Marine Parks and Reserves
Brad Jessup and Tim Power
Native Title in Coastal and Marine Waters
Samantha Hepburn
Maritime Regulation and Enforcement
Cameron Moore
Environmental Integration and Coastal and Marine Law
Donald R Rothwell



Published 25 November 2011
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862878440
Australian RRP $135.00
International Price $125.00
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Law - Maritime & Admiralty
Law - Environmental

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