Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

1 The Great Straits Debate: The Conflict, Debate, and Compromise That Shaped the Straits Articles of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Straits simultaneously involve interests both near and far. Although all nations have an interest in efficient shipping, it is particular nations, often far from the straits, that have interests in the unimpeded movement of naval vessels or that directly or through their nationals have interests in the unimpeded movement of commercial vessels. Simultaneously, it is the states with coasts on these straits that most directly face the risks and other costs of such vessel passage. This chapter renews for us the conflict, debate and compromise that shaped the straits articles of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). To understand the centrality of the straits debate to the ultimate adoption of UNCLOS III, it is helpful to track the session-by session-debates that took place during the UNCLOS III meetings between 1973 and 1982.

Keywords: Geneva Session; international law; international navigation; New York; Straits; UNCLOS



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Navigating Straits — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation