In this Note, the legal basis of the United States position will be evaluated. After an overview of the events surrounding the controversy, the sources of the General Assembly's budgetary and apportioning authority and the United Nations' budget procedures will be considered. There will follow a discussion of an International Court of Justice advisory opinion upon which both the United States and its opponents rely. Finally, the financial arrangement between the United Nations and the Preparatory Commission (Commission) will be examined in light of the formal relationship between those two bodies.
Patrick J. Hynes,
United Nations Financing of the Law of the Sea Preparatory Commission: May the United States Withhold Payment?,
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