The U.N. Law of the Sea Conference and the U.S. Congress: Will Pending U.S. Unilateral Action on Deep Seabed Mining Destroy Hope for a Treaty?

McCloskey, Paul N. Jr., Losch, Ronald K. | January 1, 1979

The eighth session of the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference convened recently in Geneva, Switzerland. A major unresolved issue at the Conference was the question of international regulation of deep seabed mining. In this article, Representative McCloskey and Attorney Losch discuss U.S. interests in achieving a comprehensive Law of the Sea Treaty, the sometimes conflicting objectives of other nations, and the effect that unilateral action by the U.S. Congress to legislate deep seabed mining could have on the successful completion of a treaty.