U.N. Law of the Sea Convention and the United States: Developments Since October 2003 [Updated August 19, 2004] [open pdf - 36KB]
"In October 2003, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings on the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement Relating to Implementation of Part XI of that Convention. These were the first hearings since the Convention package was transmitted to the Senate in October 1994. In February 2004, the Committee unanimously recommended Senate advice and consent to U.S. adherence to the Convention. CRS [Congressional Research Service] 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, while this short report focuses on events and issues that have emerged since October 2003. It summarizes the Committee's resolution of advice and consent and presents some of the issues raised in recent months in support of and in opposition to U.S. adherence. This report will be updated periodically."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21890
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