Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


With man's quest for fossil fuels reaching into the depths of the ocean, the possibility of accidents occurring with transnational results increases. The 1979-1980 Bay of Campeche oil spill provides a graphic example of the pollution that can occur in trying to extract fossil fuels from the sea. The authors examine the basis for liability of a polluting state in international law and some of the difficulties in enforcement.