The first thorough review of ‘The Poverty of Territorialism’ by Jacek Zaucha (see: drew my attention to maritime spatial planning, his current field of expertise as an economist. In my book, I had already referred to Hugo Grotius and the Law of the Seas. Reading ‘Maritime Spatial Planning: Past, Present, Future’ edited by Zaucha and Gee (2019) stimulated me in preparing my keynote on ‘Maritime Spatial Planning: Showing Planning Land-side the Way?’. The occasion was a conference on ‘Shaping marine and coastal space’ held at Sopot, near Gdansk (Poland) on 23-24 September 2019.
The point I was making – quoting Bob Jessop (2018, 90) – was that, whereas international law was dividing ‘…the landmass (and nearby waters) into delimited areas governed by a political authority … the “high seas” and some other terrestrial areas (notably the Antarctic…) escape territorialization.’
For the latter read what I have defines as territorialism. Since I am critical of it, I thought it would be promising to look at the governance of the high seas: Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in terms of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS). (On the governance specifically of Antarctica see a book by John Keane, 2018 which includes a chapter on it.)
The discussion at Sopot was lively and I learned a great deal about maritime spatial planning, in which Poland, a coastal state, takes a strong hand.
Naturally, its concerns are for managing the areas within its territorial waters (fully within its national jurisdiction) and more in particular its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where it exercises a number of rights but without having full jurisdiction. The delimitation of its EEZ sometimes appears to cause problems, like the exact determination of land borders sometimes does. But the Baltic Sea includes no Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. To find out more about the management of those, I may have to look elsewhere.
Jessop, B. (2018) ?The TPSN schematic: moving beyond territories and regions? in: A. Paasi, J. Harrison, M. Jones (eds.) Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories, Edgar Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, Northampton, MA, USA, 89-101
Keane, J. (2018) Power and Humility: The Future of Monitory Democracy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Zaucha, J, Gee, K. (eds.) (2019) Maritime Spatial Planning Past, Present, Future, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland.
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