ISA’s publications are classified into the following categories:
General: This category includes books, such as The Law of the Sea: Compendium of Basic Documents, Legislative History of the “Enterprise,” and other publications that are intended to add to the published literature on a particular topic. The audience for these publications tends to be a broad audience of legal, policy and scientific experts, as well as libraries.
Technical studies: This series includes scientific studies, papers and manuals related to the work of ISA aimed at facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for its various actors. The series is targeted mainly at legal or scientific experts;
Studies and reports: This category includes ISA’s project documents, manuals and publications in various formats. These publications are targeted at a wider audience of stakeholders with interest in the work of ISA.
Workshop reports: These reports include the proceedings of workshops organized by ISA alone or in partnership with other organizations or institutions.
Policy briefs: These papers provide a concise summary of an issue related to the work of ISA and the policy options for dealing with it, along with recommendations. They are aimed mainly at government policymakers and other experts.
Discussion papers: These papers are topical and usually relate to matters, concepts or issues of interest or under discussion by organs of ISA in the context of the mandate assigned to it by UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement. The audiences include both experts and practitioners.
Briefing papers and policy briefs
Policy Brief 01/2023
How to apply for an exploration contract for mineral resources in the area
Policy Brief 02/2022
The Environmental Compensation Fund
Policy Brief 01/2022
Equitable Sharing of Financial and Other Economic Benefits From Deep-Sea Mining
Policy Brief 01/2021
National Capacity Development Priorities Identified by Members of the International Seabed Authority in 2020
Policy Brief 01/2019
Current Status of the Reserved Areas with the International Seabed Authority
Briefing Paper 02/2018
Design of IRZs and PRZs in Deep-sea Mining Contract Areas
Briefing Paper 01/2018
Deep Seabed Mining Liability: Potential Legal Pathways
Briefing Paper 04/2017
Marine Minerals Resources of Africa’s Continental Shelf and Adjacent International Seabed Area
Briefing Paper 03/2017
Contribution of the International Seabed Authority to the UN Ocean Conference
Briefing Paper 02/2017
Dialogue on Practical Utility of EIA Technology (EcoDeep-SIP Workshop II)
Briefing Paper 01/2017
Towards an ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area
Briefing Paper 02/2016
Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges for Deep Sea Mining
Briefing Paper 01/2016
Polymetallic Nodule Resource Classification Workshop
Briefing Paper 04/2015
Mineral Exploitation in the Area. Joint CIL-ISA Workshop
Briefing Paper 03/2015
Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Activities in the Area.
Briefing Paper 02/2015
Deep Sea Mining: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa
Briefing Paper 01/2015
Taxonomic Standardization Workshop: Deep Sea Macrofauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone
Briefing Paper 02/14
Taxonomic Standardization Workshop Series 1: Deep Sea Megafauna on the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone
Briefing Paper 01/14
Deep Sea Mining: Environmental, Legal and Technical Challenges for Developing Countries.
Briefing Paper 01/12
A Geological Model of Polymetallic Nodule Deposits in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.
Briefing Paper 02/12
Prospects for Rate Earth Elements from Marine Minerals [Briefing Paper 02/12]