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Straits Used for International Navigation

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The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was the product of a detailed re-examination of all issues relating to the law of the sea extending over a period of more than twelve years. The Convention contains numerous significant provisions, amongst which must be included Part III concerning straits used for international navigation. The question of the law of international straits was reviewed fully in a learned treatise by Brüel, written in the late 1930s and published in English in 1947. In the Sea-Bed Committee, the views were pressed that there was no separate body of law about straits and that the rules about innocent passage through the territorial sea applied to them. During informal discussions in the Fiji/UK Group, disquiet was expressed about the possible effects of the proposals submitted by the UK upon other aspects of the waters forming straits.

Keywords: Fiji/UK Group; international navigation; international straits; law of the sea; Sea-Bed Committee; territorial sea; UNCLOS



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