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Australian law in Antarctica

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article examines the content and ramifications of an Australian Parliamentary Committee’s Report into the application of Australian law in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT). The Report’s main findings suggest that Australian law should be more vigorously applied in Antarctica, and that current practices with regard to the operation and enforcement of Australian law are perceived as damaging to Australian sovereignty. This is particularly the case in the context of the virtual non-application of law to all foreign nationals within the AAT, to an extent far beyond the categories of persons exempted by Article VIII of the Antarctic Treaty. The article also discusses the possible ramifications and difficulties of giving effect to the Report’s findings. Particular stress is placed upon the impact of asserting a 200-nautical-mile fishing or exclusive economic zone in the waters off the AAT, as well as the logistic difficulties that may become apparent if Australian sovereignty is more actively asserted. In this context, brief consideration is given to the Report’s recommendations relating to the Antarctic environment and tourism within the AAT. © 1993, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Citation


  • Kaye, S., & Rothwell, D. R. (1993). Australian law in Antarctica. Polar Record, 29(170), 215-218. doi:10.1017/S0032247400018519

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84971116374

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 215

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 170

Abstract


  • This article examines the content and ramifications of an Australian Parliamentary Committee’s Report into the application of Australian law in the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT). The Report’s main findings suggest that Australian law should be more vigorously applied in Antarctica, and that current practices with regard to the operation and enforcement of Australian law are perceived as damaging to Australian sovereignty. This is particularly the case in the context of the virtual non-application of law to all foreign nationals within the AAT, to an extent far beyond the categories of persons exempted by Article VIII of the Antarctic Treaty. The article also discusses the possible ramifications and difficulties of giving effect to the Report’s findings. Particular stress is placed upon the impact of asserting a 200-nautical-mile fishing or exclusive economic zone in the waters off the AAT, as well as the logistic difficulties that may become apparent if Australian sovereignty is more actively asserted. In this context, brief consideration is given to the Report’s recommendations relating to the Antarctic environment and tourism within the AAT. © 1993, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1993

Citation


  • Kaye, S., & Rothwell, D. R. (1993). Australian law in Antarctica. Polar Record, 29(170), 215-218. doi:10.1017/S0032247400018519

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84971116374

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 215

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 29

Issue


  • 170