The Law of the Sea Committee (“LOS Committee” or “Committee”) of the International Law Association's American Branch (“ABILA”) will complete its project, Terms in the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea or in Convention Analysis that the Convention Does Not Define (“Report”), in 2009. If the U.S. Senate gives advice and consent, and President Barack Obama exchanges ratifications, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS” or “Convention”) and its 1994 protocol will, belatedly in the view of many, become law for the United States, as they already are for much of the world. It is hoped that this group project, like those in which Professor Joseph C. Sweeney has participated, will contribute to a better world governed by the rule of law. Part I gives a short history of the movement from custom and other sources international law to treaty law affecting ocean space. Part II discusses the 1958 and 1982 law of the sea conventions. Part III traces the history of the definitions project and offers observations on the utility of the project, whether the United States becomes a Convention partner or not.
George K. Walker,
Filling Some of the Gaps: The International Law Association (American Branch) Law of the Sea Definitions Project,
32 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1336
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