What is the legal context?
Coastal states may claim rights over an extended territory of the Arctic Ocean floor, if such claims follow the line set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law Of the Sea (UNCLOS). The actual implementation of the UNCLOS is done by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Extensions of the outer limit of a continental shelf pursues Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of December 10, 1982. We focus on the process from claim to right through an investigation of the construction of facts in two scientific documents.
Exploratory scope 3
In focusing on the legislative context of the Arctic controversy we seek to explore the particular language in which the scientific facts about the Arctic are embedded. What appears is a peculiar co-productive relation between the Arctic as facts and artefacts and the legal society that accepts, uses and validates it.
UNCLOS & CLCS
From Claim to Right