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Entry into Force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 (?the Convention?) has rightly been acclaimed by the overwhelming majority of governments and commentators as a major achievement of the United Nations in the legal field. This chapter describes the present status of the Convention (including its immediate future prospects) and then assesses the wider implications of these events for the development of international law and for international relations generally. The entry into force of the Convention carries with it the normal implications under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. The preamble to the Convention of 1982 noted that developments since 1960 had accentuated the need for a new and generally acceptable convention. None of the four Geneva Conventions attracted today?s number of parties to the Law of the Sea Convention.

Keywords: Geneva Conventions; international law; Law of the Sea; Law of Treaties; UN Convention; Vienna Convention



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