Chaos at Sea: The Search for a New Legal Order
Forthcoming! Publishing October 2020 in Asia
by Satya Nandan
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is one of our most successful agreements to govern the global commons. If it is a constitution for the oceans, Satya Nandan is one of the founders: one of the few key personalities behind the agreement, and the subsequent development of Law of the Sea in the decades since UNCLOS was adopted. He led the drafting of the key negotiating text, most of which made its way, unaltered, into the Convention’s final text.
How did a family lawyer from the Pacific nation of Fiji come to play such a pivotal role in this important area of diplomacy and international law? Armed with his trademark pencil, Nandan used his creativity, pragmatism and penchant for language to reach compromise and build consensus at nearly every stage in the making of the modern law of the sea. In this book, he elaborates on the techniques and skills he brought to bear on this task, the alliances he formed with colleagues from different countries and the strategies that worked in this complex, multi-dimensional negotiation. At a time when the stakes involved in managing the global commons could not be higher, Nandan’s experience and wisdom could not be more relevant and important.
“This is the most important book that has been written on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is an indispensable guide to any student, teacher, lawyer, diplomat, judge, who is interested in UNCLOS and the making of the modern law of the sea.”
– Ambassador Tommy Koh
Satya Nandan was a Fijian diplomat and lawyer who specialised in the law of the sea. Nandan had an extensive career in international relations. He held an LL.B degree with honours from the University of London and was a barrister-at-law of Lincoln's Inn, England, and barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Fiji. He was awarded the Order of Fiji and a CBE. He passed away shortly after completing this manuscript.
Publication year: 2020
224 pp / 229 X 152mm
14 b/w images