The U.N. Law of the Sea Convention and the United States: Developments Since October 2003

Publication Date: June 2005

Publisher: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service


Research Area: Law and ethics



In early 2004, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after hearings the previous October, unanimously recommended Senate advice and consent to U.S. adherence to the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement Relating to Implementation of Part XI of that 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, 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 support of and in opposition to U.S. adherence. This report will be updated periodically.