What does it mean that Nord Stream runs through Sweden's "exclusive economic zone"?

1 October 2022

David Langlet about suspected sabotages on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea

David Langlet, Professor of Environmental Law at the Department of Law, describes maritime terms and how safety is affected in the Baltic Sea.

Recently Radio Sweden broadcasted a feature about the two Nord Stream pipelines located on the baltic seabed. David Langlet, Professor of Environmental Law at Uppsala University, speaks about maritime terms and how they affect safety in the Baltic Sea.

Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has said that the suspected sabotage by the Nord Stream pipeline is not an attack on Sweden, as it happened in Sweden's exclusive economic zone and not its territorial waters.

But what is the difference between the two maritime terms and how do they affect the safety of the Baltic Sea? David Langlet, Professor of Environmental Law at Uppsala University, tells Swedish Radio:

- If this is deemed to be a serious threat to the marine environment and marine resources in Sweden's economic zone, Sweden can claim jurisdiction on that basis.

Hear the feature in its entirety via the link below. 

David Langlet also participated in TV4's morning program: At present, both Sweden and Denmark are investigating suspected sabotage after the leaks on the Nord Stream 1 & 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea. David Langlet, an expert in the Law of the sea, and Patrik Hulterström, who is an attack diver and teaches marine tactics at the Swedish Defence University, tell us more about the investigation as it stands right now.