Document Type

Journal Article


The urgency associated with mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change has spawned a variety of geoengineering schemes designed to promote better absorption of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the earth's atmosphere by the oceans and forests. This article examines three climate change mitigation activities which employ the ocean as a receptacle for these gases and the international law framework which applies to these activities in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. It argues that although some guidelines have been developed by the States Parties to the London Convention and the London Protocol to regulate the environmental impact of sub-seabed sequestration of carbon dioxide, the international law framework for such activities in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction is ad hoc and far from comprehensive.