oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The Antarctic system: crisis of success of multilateralism?

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



When one considers the legal instruments of the Antarctic System in their entirety one is forced to conclude that on the whole they have attained great success within the international community. To maintain this success the Antarctic System requires periodic amendments and constant adaptation to new realities. It is precisely in this context that the new Convention on the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resources Activities should be seen, in spite of the fact that it has provoked the sharpest criticism from the developing countries, who wish the negotiations to take place in an open and universal forum such as the United Nations.

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