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.

America's Seabed Legacy

Three Presidents and a Treaty
November 16, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of a new international organization, the International Seabed Authority. Even though the US is not a party to the Law of the Sea Convention that established the Authority, Americans should take pride in the role the United States had in the creation of this international organization charged with the management of the mineral resources of the sea beyond national jurisdiction.

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.


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