EXTENDED CONTINENTAL SHELF REGIME IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: ITS APPLICATION IN INDONESIA
Indeed, every state intends to explore and exploit its mineral resources. One of the ways to increase
the area on which states can explore and exploit its mineral resources is by applying the Extended
Continental Shelf (“ECS”) regime. This research explains the development and regulation of the
ECS regime which include its requirements, sovereign rights over it, the role of the Commission on the
Limits of the Continental Shelf, et cetera. This research then analyzes the ECS regime in Indonesia.
This research uses a legal normative research method—which is of an explanatory and descriptiveanalytical
character—and uses primary, secondary, and tertiary data. This research shows that
Indonesia does not have a strong legal basis to apply the ECS regime nor a utilization plan for
its ECS. This regime can be applied in north-west of Sumatera, south of Nusa Tenggara, and north
of Papua. Indonesia has made a submission for the ECS in North-West Sumatera which has been
accepted. The writer offers some advice: Indonesia should have further legal basis to apply the ECS
regime and a utilization plan for its ECS.
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