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Memorializing UNCLOS III, Interpreting the Law of the Sea Convention, and the Virginia Commentary

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Ambassador Satya N. Nandan was instrumental in envisioning and preparing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: A Commentary. This Virginia Commentary, so called because the Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law was home to its preparation, is a monumental accomplishment. This chapter reflects on the goals and uses of the Commentary. It provides an overview of the Virginia Commentary and Ambassador Nandan's contributions to it. The Virginia Commentary contributes to the body of knowledge about international law in general, and the Law of the Sea Convention in particular. The chapter highlights the role of the Commentary in furthering understanding of the process of international lawmaking at the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III). Finally, it explores how the Virginia Commentary relates to treaty interpretation.

Keywords: law of the sea convention; Satya N. Nandan; UNCLOS III; Virginia Commentary



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