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Remembering Douglas Johnston As A Practicing Diplomat As Well As A Scholar

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The author writes this chapter to pay tribute to Douglas Johnston's skills as a meticulous practical diplomat in putting to use his skills as a scholar and organizer in events that followed the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III) between 1990 and 1994. Douglas and the author had formed a firm friendship in 1969 at the Third Annual Conference of the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of Rhode Island. At that time they had a long discussion about the functional approach to international law. In any event Douglas said that the Canadian government was willing to sponsor a "back channel" meeting between the principals involved in negotiating arrangements to solve the difficult high seas fisheries issues which were being discussed officially both in the North Pacific, in the United Nations, and in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Keywords:Douglas Johnston; high seas fisheries; international law



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