U.N. Law of the Sea Convention and the United States: Developments Since October 2003 [June 14, 2007] [open pdf - 71KB]
"On May 15, 2007, President Bush 'urged the Senate to act favorably on U.S. accession' to the1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement Relating to Implementation of Part XI of that Convention. In 2004, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had recommended Senate advice and consent to U.S. adherence to the Convention The Senate, however, did not act on the Convention. CRS Issue Brief IB95010, 'The Law of the Sea Convention and U.S. Policy', serves as a basic CRS source for discussion of issues related to the United States and the Convention and Agreement, whereas this short report focuses on events and issues that emerged since October 2003.1 It summarizes the committee's proposed resolution of advice and consent and presents some of the issues raised in support of and in opposition to U.S. adherence. This report will be updated periodically."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21890