Our seabed? Argentina, the Falklands and the wider South Atlantic

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This note addresses the recent announcement regarding Argentina’s submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. While the commission considered much of Argentina’s submitted materials regarding the outer continental shelf (and sovereign rights that accrue to the seabed), it deliberately excluded areas of controversy including the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. What should be of interest to Polar Record readers is how consistently international media, including British journalists, misunderstand international maritime law and ‘stoke' the fires of Argentine and British nationalisms. The Argentine government, however, was not an innocent party and its own press releases were ambiguous on the matter concerned, even if the commission had recognised the merit of much of their scientific-technical submission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPolar Record
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 May 2016


  • Geopolitics
  • Argentina
  • Falkland Islands
  • Law
  • Seabed

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