Rep. Joe Courtney on the US, the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea

Congressman Joe Courtney represents the 2nd District in Connecticut and serves as ranking minority member of the Seapower Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He comes from one of the nation's most ocean-focused districts, home to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London and the US Naval Base in Groton, as well as Mystic Seaport just up the coast from the CG and Navy sites. In the following article published in Roll Call on Sept. 28th, Representative Courtney presents the benefits to the US of becoming party to the LOS Convention without overselling it.

Reference Publication: Limits in the Seas - The South China Sea

With oral arguments on jurisdiction and administrative matters beginning on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, the case of maritime claims and jurisdiction in the South China Sea is again gaining attention. The US Department of State publication "Limits in the Seas", issue 143, is particularly relevant to people interested in this case, but it can be difficult to locate on the State Department web site, you mad access the publication at the link below (which will open in a new window) or you may click on the image.

New State Department Testimony in Favor of LOS Accession

Testifying on "Maritime Issues in East Asia," Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel made the strongest public endorsement of US accession to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea I can recall since President Obama's speech at West Point early in his second term.

Russel mentioned "Law of the Sea" eight times in his testimony before the SFRC and on page 5 of his 7 page written testimony made the following remarks (I have added bold in the third paragraph to draw your attention to the key recommendation):

Lunchtime Seminar: The Move to Mine the Mineral Resources of the Deep Seabed

This Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar on Friday, March 27th, will inform attendees about the administrative regimes and environmental regulatory issues related to development of the mineral resources of the deep ocean floor. To RSVP for the event click here to send an e-mail with your name and preferred e-mail address.

Palestine Joins the LOS Convention - Ups membership to 167

Writers and speakers addressing the LOS Convention should take note that a new party was added at the start of the new year. On January 2nd, 2015, Palestine became the 167th party to the Law of the Sea Convention, joining LOS and several other international agreements at the beginning of the new year.


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