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Law of the Sea

UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

The Convention strongly supports United States national interests. It protects the sovereignty of American ships and aircraft and more than doubles the resource jurisdiction of the United States. It affirms traditional United States leadership in oceans affairs. Indeed, the Convention is one of the greatest negotiating successes in United States diplomatic history. --John Norton Moore

Current List of Parties to the Convention and the Related Agreements (UN)

Law of the Sea Commentary

The Center's Law of the Sea Commentary Project entails a comprehensive, objective, and authoritative analysis of the development of each of the 320 articles and 9 annexes in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and of relevant provisions in the Final Act of the Conference. The result is published in seven volumes. A paperback edition of Supplementary Documents is also available.