The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an intergovernmental body based in Kingston, Jamaica, that was established to organize, regulate and control all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, an area underlying most of the world’s oceans. It is an organization established by the Law of the Sea Convention. Following at least ten preparatory meetings over the years, the Authority held its first inaugural meeting in its host country, Jamaica, on 16 November 1994, the day the Convention came into force. The articles governing the Authority have been made “noting the political and economic changes, including market-oriented approaches, affecting the implementation” of the Convention. The concept was in the news recently. To know why it was in the news, click the above link titled ‘Related News’.
International Seabed Authority