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Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Artificial Islands: Saving the Maldives’ Statehood and Maritime Claims Through the ‘Constitution of the Oceans’
Michael Gagain*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................... 79 II. THE MALDIVES AND CLIMATE CHANGE ............................................ 83 III. CLIMATE CHANGE, TERRITORY, AND STATEHOOD .......................... 87
A. Statehood, Defined .................................................................. 87 B. Potential Loss of Statehood Through Submergence of a
State ...................................................................................... 91 IV. CLIMATE CHANGE, TERRITORY, AND MARITIME ZONES ................. 93 A. Calculation of Maritime Zones Under the LOSC ................... 95 B. Loss of Maritime Zones due to Sea Level Rise....................... 97
V. THE CONSTRUCTION OF ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS AS A SOLUTION TO MAINTAINING MARITIME ZONES AND STATEHOOD .................. 100 A. Current Legal Status of Artificial Islands ............................. 101
1. In General ....................................................................... 101
* LL.M., International Legal Studies, American University Washington College of Law, 2011; J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2010; B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 2007. The author would like to thank Professor Marcos Orellana for his guidance and input in writing this article, as well as the author’s family and friends for their continued support.

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