The parting of the seas: norms, material power and state control over the ocean

2019-04-24T02:44:48Z (GMT) by Rodrigo Fracalossi de Moraes

Abstract The paper argues that the norm of sovereignty was extended to sea areas with only minor adaptations. Using an English School approach, it explores the political evolution of control over the seas, demonstrating why and how the norm of sovereignty prevailed over alternative norms and principles regulating control of the seas. The paper then compares the positions of Brazil, China and the United States on the current international regime of the ocean.