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United Nations and Maritime Law: Databases

This LibGuide provides information and links to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and to the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO), both of which deal with international maritime law.


To the right is a list of useful databases in searching for the latest information on the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea or International Maritime Organization, mostly from specialist periodicals on international law, political science, or economic geography. Some databases are quite specialized while others are large aggregating databases such as ProQuest and JStor. They will require a subscription, for example, through the University of Hawaii.


Search Terms

Searches can use terms such as:

maritime, marine, convention, ocean, sea, international law, treaty, seabed, piracy, territorial, exclusion zone, fisheries, shipping

The glossary of terms and acronyms under the tab for Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Glossary also can be a good source of search terms, particularly for advanced searches.

Image from International Seabed Authority

- image from International Seabed Authority (ISA)