Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Dr. Lewis Alexander of the University of Rhode Island authored a most informative and incisive paper concerning the relationship of regionalism and the Law of the Sea. In this paper Alexander focused on the special case of the semi-enclosed sea and suggested that the potential for joint action of nations surrounding these seas is worthy of special interest and study. Even a cursory review of a geographic atlas reveals that the 25 seas under consideration constitute rather definitive, logical, potential regions. Nations bordering a particular semi-enclosed sea assume at least one commonality immediately-the bordered sea. Such commonality theoretically infers that there is complementary use of that sea as well as a shared environmental influence among the nations bordering it.