Klaas Willaert

Safeguarding the interests of developing states within the context of deep-sea mining in the Area

(2022) Perspectives on deep-sea mining : sustainability, technology, environmental policy and management. p.661-680

In view of the principle of the common heritage of mankind and the duty to carry out activities in the Area for the benefit of mankind as a whole, the interests and needs of developing states must be taken into account. Diverse mechanisms were devised to make sure that developing states are able to participate in deep-sea mining activities in the Area and receive an equitable share of the benefits, but most of these measures are yet to be implemented and the recent trend of partnerships between private deep-sea mining companies and developing states might jeopardize the original objectives.