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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

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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

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