Jurisdiction under UNCLOS of 1982


Jurisdiction under

UNCLOS of 1982

To comprehend the starting point from which any water bodies are measured, the concept of baseline comes into play. As per Articles 5 and 7(1) of UNCLOS III, there are two types of baselines: normal and straight. Per Article 5, “The normal baseline for measuring the breadth of the territorial sea is the low-water line along the coast as marked on large-scale charts.” Normal baselines can only be adopted if there are no complications along the coast, such as deeply indented coastlines, or islands along the coastline in its immediate vicinity.

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