The Development of the Regime for Deep Seabed Mining

Part XI of the Convention (articles 133 to 191) sets out the regime of "the Area" and provides the legal framework governing activities in the Area. In accordance with article 1, paragraph 1(1), of the Convention, "the Area" is "the seabed and the ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction". Therefore, the regime of the Area is applicable to the seabed beyond the outer limits of the continental shelf established under article 76 and Annex II of the Convention.