An Obama-Trudeau Agreement Conceding Canada's Claim to the Waters of the Northwest Passage? Not Likely

7 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2016 Last revised: 5 Jun 2016

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Craig H. Allen

University of Washington - School of Law; UW Arctic Law and Policy Institute

Date Written: March 18, 2016

Abstract

A recent op-ed advocates that President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Trudeau enter into a bilateral treaty declaring the waters of the "Northwest Passage" across the Arctic waters of North America as "internal waters" of Canada, in order to prevent Russia from sailing warships through the waters. This article demonstrates why the United States is unlikely to agree to such a concession to Canada.

Keywords: Nortwest Passage, Law of the Sea, Obama, Trudeau, Arctic, Internal Waters

JEL Classification: K33, L91, N40, N70

Suggested Citation

Allen, Craig H., An Obama-Trudeau Agreement Conceding Canada's Claim to the Waters of the Northwest Passage? Not Likely (March 18, 2016). University of Washington School of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2750133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2750133

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