Law of the Sea Treaty

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The UN Law of the Sea Convention is an international agreement governing the use of the world's oceans. The treaty was originally negotiated in 1982, but the U.S. re-negotiated deep-sea mining provisions and ultimately signed the treaty in 1994, subject to ratification by the Senate.

As of this edit the Senate has not yet ratified this treaty. President Bush has expressed support for ratification, but right-wing groups have expressed concern that the U.S. will lose some degree of sovereignty under the treaty. The treaty is unusual in that it has received support from a broad range of interest groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Petroleum Institute. A key opponent in the Senate is James Inhofe, chair of the Environment And Public Works Committee.

The treaty number in the Senate is 103-39.

External Links

  • Treaty Status on (Note: Enter the treaty number, 103-39, and Search).
  • Richard Lugar on U.S. Leadership in the World and the Law of the Sea.

Progressive Viewpoints

  • "Living on Earth" Aired on January 8th 2005 on WHYY.

Regressive Viewpoints

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