Frozen in Time: A Fresh Look at the Law of the Sea and Why the United States Continues to Fight Against It
42.1 S.U. L. Rev. 143 (2014)
19 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2015 Last revised: 16 Oct 2015
Date Written: April 15, 2015
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS") has been a contentious issue for the United States since its entry into force in 1982. Currently there are 167 State Parties to the Convention, yet the United States remains on the outside looking in. As Russia expands its Arctic activities and deep seabed mining becomes economically feasible, many are wondering what features of the treaty continue to prevent the United States from joining? By analyzing the latest round of Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on UNCLOS accession, this article examines this question.
Keywords: UNCLOS, Law of the Sea, International Law, United States, treaty, ratification
JEL Classification: K33, Q48
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