Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Seabed Authority

"As a young man, I had a dream. I dreamt of a world ruled by law and not by might. I dreamt of a world in which big countries and small countries, developed countries and developing countries will cooperate with one another as equals and with mutual respect. I dreamt that we will be good stewards of the oceans which give us life. I dreamt that we will succeed in negotiating a new legal order to govern all activities in the oceans.

Preliminary Program for the State department "Our Oceans" Conference

Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that the department of State will convene the "Our Oceans" conference on June 16-17, 2014.

The State Department has published the preliminary program for the Oceans Conference that was rescheduled from last October due to the government shutdown. The conference, which will be for invitees only though portions may be available via the internet, will focus on issues of Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Pollution and Ocean Acidification.

Another former US-licensed Mine Site goes to an ISA Applicant

In December of 2012, the Heritage Foundation issued a report recommending that the United States unilaterally enclose an area of the deep ocean floor once claimed by Ocean Management Inc. but later was released when the corporation was dissolved. Since there was no commercial interest in claiming a site, this would have required unilateral federal action to claim an area below the high seas exclusively for the United States government without plans to develop the resources and without the benefit of either the LOS Convention or existing US law. The recommendation has been made moot by the publication on March 24th, 2014, of the recommendation of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority for the approval of an application that covers all of the available part of the original OMI site known in the US as USA-2. This is the second former US site to be claimed under the ISA: in 2012 the former USA-3 site, once registered and later abandoned by Ocean Mining Associates, was sought a Belgian company whose application was approved by the Authority.

A World Without Pragmatism: Unwrapping Opposition to the LOS Convention

A World Without Pragmatism:

Unwrapping Opposition to the LOS Convention


I spent  large part of the past couple weeks searching through articles published at or before the beginning of the third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea. One point that the reading made clear is that positions on the Convention were not split between liberal and conservative views, but rather a between pragmatic conservatism and libertarian ideology. That remains true today, though proponents and opponents of a libertarian viewpoint tend to paint the LOS opposition with the broader brush of conservatism.

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