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Panel V: DEBATE: Resolved: The Senate Should Give Prompt Advice and Consent to the Law of the Sea Convention

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This chapter presents the fifth Panel introduced as a unique format, i.e., a lively debate on the proposition that the Senate should give prompt advice and consent to UNCLOS. Panel V was introduced and moderated by Thomas R. Pickering, a former US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs. The proponent for the proposition was John Norton Moore, Director of COLP and a former US Ambassador and negotiator for UNCLOS. He spoke on the background and importance of UNCLOS for the United States, misinformed arguments of opponents and the adverse impact for US non-adherence to UNCLOS. Steve Groves, a senior representative of the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Steven Groves responded that the United States alone decided where its continental margin ended, not any international organization. He also rejected the notion of the common heritage of mankind as "silliness." Panel V concluded with a spirited audience question and answer session.

Keywords:John Norton Moore; marine environment; mining; Steve Groves; Thomas R. Pickering; UNCLOS



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