| || || Maritime law -- French Polynesia|
| || || The 2004 French Polynesia statute : legal consequences on maritime issues|
Author: Lallemant, Herve Raimana.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Maritime law -- French Polynesia
Call No.: Pac KVP 83 .6 .L35 2009
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: The French Polynesia is an enormous territory in the Pacific Ocean. With a territory composed of less than 4,000 square kilometres of emerged land for some 5,500,000 square kilometres of maritime territory, the importance of the sea is unquestionable. Many Statutory modifications have occurred in this “Collectivité d’Outre – Mer” since 1866 and the introduction of French Legislation in the Kingdom of Tahiti. The regulation of the sea was quite lacking in almost all the French Polynesian statutes except the one enacted in 1996. The enactment of a new Statute in 2004 was presented to the Polynesian people as a real institutional revolution in all domains. The French Polynesia is now no more a simple French territory but an autonomous country. Due to the importance of the maritime domain in French Polynesia, one of the confirmations of a real statutory evolution can be proved by the importance of the maritime competences held by the country. But did this text really change anything about the numerous maritime issues in French Polynesia? The answer is quite unclear. With some improvement for the maritime delimitation and the transfer of some French competences to the French Polynesia, the first statement can be quite positive. But in the end, many problems are still present and it can be stated that the French Polynesia is once more faraway to be completely independent for the maritime sovereignty.