Prevention of Vessel-Source Marine Pollution: A Note on the Challenges and Prospects for Chinese Practice Under International Law

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This article examines China's domestic legal regime for the prevention of vessel source pollution. It pays special attention to the recently adopted Regulation on Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Vessels. Potential challenges and emerging issues that China has to confront are addressed, including: application of the legislation to disputed sea areas between China and its neighbors, freedom of navigation in the exclusive economic zone, reduction of emission from ships, and prevention of invasive species from ballast water.

Keywords: China; vessel source pollution

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Public International Law/Maritime Institute,Faculty of Law Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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