Vanishing Island States and sovereignty

Lilian Yamamoto*, Miguel Esteban

*Corresponding author for this work

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Sea level rise could bring about an event that has not previously been seen in modern history, that of the physical disappearance of some low-lying Island States. The objective of this paper is to examine what are the likely scenarios for some of these islands in the course of the next century, and analyse for each scenario if these Island States could continue to claim an Exclusive Economic Zone or not. Also, it will analyse the possibility that Island States could continue having some sort of status analogous to statehood even if it was to lose all territory. Finally, the idea of a "government-in-exile" will be discussed, where the State could retain its identity waiting for a future re-emergence of the island.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalOcean and Coastal Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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