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United Nations and Maritime Law: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Glossary

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.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

This section includes selected dictionaries and encyclopedias that relate to maritime law and to the law of the sea. These are linkable using the title.

The United Nations, its related organizations, along with its codes and conventions create numerous acronyms and terms, a few of which are shown in the adjoining box. These can also be used for search queries.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

AFS

Anti-fouling Systems

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Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea

ECOSOC

EEZ

Economic and Social Council

Exclusive Economic Zone

FAO  

Food and Agriculture Organization

GA

General Assembly

GESAMP

Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection

GMDSS

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

IOC

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

IMLI

International Maritime Law Institute

IMO

International Maritime Organization

IMSO

International Mobile Satellite Organization

ISA

International Seabed Authority

ISEL

Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics

ISPS

International Ship and Port Facility Security (Code)

ITLOS

International Tribunal for Law of the Sea

MARPOL

International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships

MSC

Marine Stewardship Council

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

OTA

Office of Technology Assessment

SOLAS

Safety of Life at Sea

STCW

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers

SUA

Suppression of Unlawful Acts

UNCLOS

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCTAD

 

UNEP                                                                    

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

WHO

World Health Organization

WMU

World Maritime University