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Delivered as the Fifth Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture at the United Nations, this paper assesses the wide-ranging importance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (unclos). The Convention resulted from the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (unclos iii) which took place from 1972 to 1982.

The Convention provides a virtual constitution for over two-thirds of planet Earth. It resolved disagreements about oceans law going back at least four centuries. It deals with literally hundreds of substantive and procedural issues in its 302 Articles and nine annexes. On dispute settlement it created an important new international court, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea—along with two new arbitral procedures and a new conciliation procedure—and it created two important new functional international institutions, the International Seabed Authority and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

unclos broadly reflects community common interests rather than special interests, and today it is serving as a framework agreement for newer issues and remaining oceans governance challenges, and is largely in force with 167 state parties plus the European Union.

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Common Resources

Law of the Sea, Outer Space, and Antarctica

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In this fourth installment of the American Classics in International Law series, John Norton Moore approaches what are generally, if perhaps misleadingly, known as “common resources” in international law. The contributions in this volume, reflecting some of the best writing in each area by American international legal scholars, cover the law of the sea, the law of outer space, and the law of Antarctica. While each is a discrete subject area, they have a shared thread of encompassing “common” areas of the oceans, space and the Antarctic continent.

From Jessup's important 1927 piece on Maritime Jurisdiction to contemporary writings on outer space law and the evolution of the Antarctic Treaty, Moore compiles a comprehensive collection of influential American scholarship spanning more than 80 years on the world's shared resources, often revealing the importance of United States foreign policy in the development of each of these areas. Brought together by an Introduction by the Editor, this volume serves as the definitive resource for the American contribution to international law and common resources.
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Foreign Affairs Litigation in United States Courts collects essays by some of the nation’s top foreign affairs and international law experts to offer discussions on foreign sovereign immunity and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, human rights litigation, foreign affairs taking actions with the Court of Federal Claims, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, and the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements.

This is an indispensable resource for attorneys and government officials focused on the role of the courts in foreign affairs, actions against foreign governments in United States courts, the Act of State Doctrine, foreign sovereign immunity, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, foreign affairs takings actions in the Court of Federal Claims, and choice of court in international litigation.

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International Arbitration

Contemporary Issues and Innovations

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Arbitration is a staple of international dispute resolution. Though the international community now has a plethora of courts and tribunals at its disposal, for numerous reasons international arbitration remains a central mechanism—perhaps even the central mechanism in third-party resolution of international commercial disputes. International Arbitration: Contemporary Issues and Innovations brings together some of the world’s most distinguished experts to examine important contemporary issues and trends in international arbitration. The volume offers a broad range of analysis beginning with current key procedural issues. Both Private and Public International Law are examined, including such topics as investor-state relations, arbitration in the law of the sea and human rights and investment arbitration.