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Hypocri-sea: The United States’ Failure to Join the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (or UNCLOS) has been described as “the constitution of the oceans.”

Originally finalized in 1982, UNCLOS’ 320 articles and nine annexes represent arguably the most holistic codification of international law in history.

  • Will Schrepferman
  • HIR

One hundred and fifty seven nations have signed on to the treaty and agreed to its wide-ranging provisions on topics such as coastal sovereignty, conservation and ocean resource management, and the freedom of the…

One thing, though, is missing from the Convention: the signature of the United States of America.

The United States faces…

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