YLoS – Volume 1


Volume 1 – ‘Law of the Sea, Interpretation and Definitions’

The “Associazione di Consulenza in Diritto del Mare” (ASCOMARE) is pleased to inaugurate its Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (YLoS). The First Volume focuses on ‘Law of the Sea, Interpretation and Definitions.’ Contributions were sought in respect of articles examining the content and legal scope of undefined terms of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related instruments. The call also appreciated papers assessing the historical and evolutionary meaning of such terms against the backdrop of State practices and international case-law.

In line with the goal of ASCOMARE to promote knowledge-sharing and facilitate a uniform understanding of the law of the sea in all the regions of the world, the YLoS is available (in English) on this page, in a free and digital open-access format. Open-access allows readers, North and South, to get access to academic knowledge that is normally available behind large paywalls.

In addition, a printed version of the book is published by ‘Luglio Editore’ (Trieste), and it is already available for sale. You can support our free and digital open-access policy by purchasing a printed copy of Volume 1 at this link or sending an email to info@ascomare.com.

Last yet importantly, the YLoS Editorial Board would like to congratulate Prof. Felicity G. Attard for winning the 1st edition of the ‘Aldo Leucci and Ortensio Degli Atti’ award with her article titled “Limitations on the Duty to Render Assistance at Sea under International Law.”


  • Mekhala Dave, The Image: An Interpretation.
  • Ida Caracciolo, Unilateral Interests of States, Common Interests of States and Interests of Mankind: From Coexistence to Cooperation in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • Tullio Scovazzi, Some Remarks on Definitions in International Law of the Sea.
  • Felicity G. Attard, Limitations on the Duty to Render Assistance at Sea under International Law.
  • Marianthi Pappa & Chiara Pavesi, Protecting Non-State Actors’ Interests at Sea: Judicial Responses to the Silence of UNCLOS.
  • Léna Kim, The Place of Economic Actors in the Law of the Sea through the Lens of Nationality.
  • Ademun Ademun-Odeke, The Evolution, Nature and Application of ‘Private Ends’ in Piracy Definition.
  • Arron Honniball, Exclusive ‘Jurisdiction’ on the High Seas Revisited: The Diverging Conceptualisation and Application of Article 92 of UNCLOS in The Enrica Lexie Incident Award.
  • Henning Jessen, The Legal Understanding of the Term ‘Ship’ Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • Patrick Balsano, UNCLOS and the Unfortunate Oversight of Cartography.
  • Frances Anggadi, The Meaning and Legal Significance of ‘Fringing Reefs’ in the LOSC, and Importance for Contemporary Challenges in the Law of the Sea.
  • Pierandrea Leucci, Enforcing fishery legislation in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Non-Parties to UNCLOS: A Commentary to Article 73.
  • Ilaria Vianello, Concluding Remarks.

For any questions about the Volume, please contact Mr Marco La Rocca (Head of operations) or send an email to info@ascomare.com 

The initiative was supported by:

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