The Law of the Sea Treaty: Can the U.S. Afford to Sign?

Publication Date: June 1982

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Roger A. Brooks

Research Area: International relations; Law and ethics

Keywords: Energy and environment

Type: Report


The U.S. Delegation was justified in refusing to approve the Draft Convention of the Sea Law treaty, and in declining to concede damaging, and what eventually would have been unacceptable, compromise in the Convention. Now that the Delegation has made its stand, the Administration should hold its ground against those who will be pressuring the U.S. to reconsider and sign the treaty.