RS21890 - The U.N. Law of the Sea Convention and the United States: Developments Since October 2003
31-Oct-2007; Marjorie Ann Browne; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 14, 2007
June 1, 2006
January 27, 2006
Abstract: On October 31, 2007, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to recommend 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. This followed the statement by President Bush on May 15, 2007, urging “the Senate to act favorably on U.S. accession” to 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, whereas this short report focuses on events and issues that emerged since October 2003.1 It summarizes the committee’s proposed resolution of advice and consent in 2004 and presents some of the issues raised in support of and in opposition to U.S. adherence. This report will be updated periodically. [read report]