Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This essay will discuss the significance of islands as archipelagos, i.e. any two or more islands identified politically as one entity. Within the body of this report will be references regarding the historical background to archipelagos and how they emerged into international topics of law. Further, the differences international law affords coastal archipelagos as opposed to outlying mid-ocean archipelagos will be interpreted. These differences include, for instance, the design of baselines used to enclose territorial waters. As the paper progresses, the reader will being to see how the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS (III) plays a pivotal role in defining and determining what an archipelago is and what an archipelagic state is, as defined for today's applications.