ISA’s publications are classified into the following categories: 

General: This category includes books, such as The Law of the Sea: Compendium of Basic Documents, Legislative History of the “Enterprise” and other publications that are intended to add to the published literature on a particular topic. The audience for these publications tends to be a wide audience of legal, policy and scientific experts, as well as libraries

Technical studies: This series includes papers related to the work of the Authority and manuals aimed at facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for its various actors, as well as scientific studies. The series is targeted mainly at legal or scientific experts; 

Studies and reports: This category includes the Authority’s project documents, manuals and publications in various formats. These publications are targeted at a wider audience of stakeholders with an interest in the work of the Authority; 

Workshop reports: These reports include the proceedings of workshops organized by the Authority only or in partnership with other organizations or institutions; 

Policy briefs: These papers provide a concise summary of an issue related to the work of the Authority and the policy options for dealing with it, along with recommendations. They are aimed mainly at government policymakers and other experts. Policy briefs are typically a maximum of eight pages in length; (f) Public information and advocacy materials: These include booklets, flyers, brochures, information briefs, newsletters and multimedia products, which may be published in various print and digital formats. They are generally targeted at a wider audience than those targeted in policy briefs.

Briefing Papers

The Environmental Compensation Fund

Equitable Sharing of Financial and Other Economic Benefits From Deep-Sea Mining

National Capacity Development Priorities Identified by Members of the International Seabed Authority in 2020

Current Status of the Reserved Areas with the International Seabed Authority

Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas

Deep Seabed Mining Liability: Potential Legal Pathways

Marine Minerals Resources of Africa's Continental Shelf and Adjacent International Seabed Area

Contribution of the International Seabed Authority to the UN Ocean Conference

Dialogue on Practical Utility of EIA Technology (EcoDeep-SIP Workshop II)

Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area

Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges for Deep Sea Mining

Polymetallic Nodule Resource Classification Workshop

Polymetallic Nodule Resource Classification Workshop

Mineral Exploitation in the Area. Joint CIL-ISA Workshop

Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Activities in the Area. 

Deep Sea Mining: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa

Taxonomic Standardization Workshop: Deep Sea Macrofauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone

Taxonomic Standardization Workshop Series 1: Deep Sea Megafauna on the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone

Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges for Developing Countries

A Geological Model of Polymetallic Nodule Deposits in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone 

Prospects for Rate Earth Elements from Marine Minerals [Briefing Paper 02/12]


The Sustainable Seabed Knowledge Initiative


The International Seabed Authority


Contractors for Seabed Exploration


ISA Structure and Functions


Technical Workshops

Endowment Fund Fact Sheet


Endowment Fund Application Guidelines


Seabed Technology

CH , EN , RU

Cobalt-Rich Crusts

CH , EN , RU

Polymetallic Sulphides

CH , EN , RU

Polymetallic Nodules

CH , EN , RU

Marine Mineral Resources

CH , EN , RU

Protection of the Seabed Environment

CH , EN , RU


Special Publications


Technical Studies

Workshop Reports

Selected Decisions