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Remarks on the UN Law of the Sea Convention

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From a sailor's perspective, the basic concepts of freedom of navigation on, under and over the world's seas are well-established and, for the past 30 years, specifically embodied in the text of the UN Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS). According to the author, the UNCLOS provides the norms for the sailors to conduct the basic operations of United States Navy (USN). The US played a leading role in the nine-year negotiation of the Law of the Sea Convention, as well as the subsequent negotiation of the 1994 Part XI Implementing Agreement. Hence, he feels that the US should not remain outside one of the most widely subscribed international agreements in world history, and should join the UNCLOS.

Keywords:UNCLOS; United States Navy (USN)



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