This project explores the concept of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the context of the Southern Ocean. The first entirely high seas MPA was established in the Southern Ocean in 2009 (on the South Orkney Islands shelf) by the CCAMLR Commission and it is envisaged that it will be the first of a network of representative MPAs within the Southern Ocean.

This project provides an analysis of the legal basis of MPA designation on the high seas using the Ross Sea proposed MPA designation as a case study. It explores the process of, and prospects for, MPA designation in the Southern Ocean in light of global developments relating to high seas MPA designation.

Professor Karen Scott

Fields of Research:
- Antarctica
- Environmental law
- International trade law
- Law of the sea
- Public international ...