From the Rhodian Sea Law to UNCLOS III†

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  • EDITORS' NoTE.-An earlier version of the essay was presented as a keynote address at the Pacem in Maribus XXVIII Conference-The European Challenge, Hamburg, Germany, 3-6 December 2000. The text was subsequently updated and revised by the author to reflect the entry into force of the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement on 11 December 2001. 1. W. Ashburner, The Rhodian Sea Law (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1909), (re- printed Scientia: Aalen, 1976), p. 1 et seq.; cf. also Digests 14, 2, 1. 2. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982. A/Conf. 63/122. Entered into force, 16 November 1994. Accessed 15 April, 2002 on the World Wide Web: 3. J. M. Pardessus, Collection de Lois Maritimes auterieurs au XVII siècle, vol. 1 (Paris: 1828) (reprinted Bottega d'Erasmo: Torino, 1959), p. 323 et seq. 4. Pardessus, p. 463 et seq.

  • 5. H. Grotius, Mare Liberum: sive, De iure quod Batavis competit ad Indicana commer- cia dissertatio (New York: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1952).

  • 6. J. Selden, Of the Dominion; or, Ownership of the Sea (New York: Arno, 1972). Translation of Mare Clausum, Reprint of the 1652 ed.

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