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The Current Status of the Conventions on the Law of the Sea

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This chapter examines the current status of the various Conventions which set out much of the modern law of the sea. The Conventions are the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982, together with the Implementation Agreement of 1994, the four Geneva Conventions of 1958, and the Implementation Agreement of 1995 on Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. In today?s world of approximately 195 states, the Convention has now attracted the participation of 151 States, plus the European Community in accordance with Annex XI to the Convention. Parliamentary or Constitutional reasons appear to have delayed participation by the United States and some other states, but their governments support the Convention and it can be said that generally they follow its terms in practice. The full application of the rule of law is an important goal in both national and international life.

Keywords: European Community; Geneva Conventions; Highly Migratory Fish Stocks; Implementation Agreement; law of the sea; rule of law; UN Convention; United States



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