The Deep-Sea Reasons for the Accession of the United States to the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea

My recent blog post for the Georgetown Environmental Law Review.

Georgetown Environmental Law Review

By Katherine Liljestrand, Staff Contributor 

The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea is the world’s foremost international treaty with respect to the legal order for the global seas and oceans.[1] While most environmental issues covered by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) have already been accepted by the United States as customary international law[2], there are two main environmental reasons why the United States should and needs to accede to the Convention with proper haste. Both of these environmental issues deal with the seabed and mineral resources in the deep sea. And while the Convention has already been signed by and transmitted to Congress by President Bill Clinton as of July of 1994[3], Congress has yet to vote on accession to the treaty.[4] The current Congress should strongly support the ascendance of the United States to UNCLOS…

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