U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

A hearing was held on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and potential U.S. ratification of the treaty. Among the issues… read more

A hearing was held on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and potential U.S. ratification of the treaty. Among the issues addressed were implications of the treaty on efforts to combat terrorism, port and border security, military and naval use of sea lanes, and global trade protection. 

The convention’s primary functions are to define maritime zones, preserve freedom of navigation, allocate resource rights, establish certainty necessary for various businesses that depend on the sea and protect the marine environment. Flaws in the deep-seabed mining chapter that prevented President Reagan from supporting the convention were fixed in 1994. Both President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have supported accession. Yet, the U.S. remains one of the few major countries not party to the convention. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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201243-1
Category:
Senate Committee
Format:
Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 28, 2007
Last Aired:
Oct 6, 2007

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  • Sep 28, 2007 | 1:22am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Oct 04, 2007 | 4:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 06, 2007 | 6:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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