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Strengthening the Stewardship of the Sargasso Sea

Ambassador David Balton

In honor of David Freestone, Brill has published "Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Ocean and Climate Challenges": a collection of essays exploring how law and legal scholarship has responded to some of the most important oceans and climate governance challenges of our time. In the chapter entitled "Strengthening the Stewardship of the Sargasso Sea," Ambassador Balton, Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center, examines several models to strengthen stewardship of the Sargasso Sea, each entailing a binding international agreement to reestablish the Sargasso Sea Commission.

"Strengthening the Stewardship of the Sargasso Sea" can be downloaded below. The full publication can be purchased at this link.

About the Author

Ambassador David Balton

Ambassador David Balton

Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
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