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Common Heritage or Common Burden?

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Markus SchmidtHuman Rights Officer, United Nations Office, Geneva

ISBN13: 9780198252276
ISBN: 0198252277
Published: February 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £96.00

This text contains an assessment of the US role in the negotiations on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and particularly in the negotiations on one of the remaining commons, the ocean floor beyond national jurisdiction. The study suggests that despite significant compromises negotiated between the US and developing countries at the Conference up to 1980, the emerging sea-bed regime was not as widely endorsed by US officials as is generally assumed.;Drawing on material collected from interviews with many key negotiators, the study contributes to a better understanding of domestic and international decision-making procedures and the dynamics of international negotiations.

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An outline of the problem; the build-up to UNCLOS, Pardo's common heritage proposal, and the United States view on the lawfulness of deep sea-bed mining; dilemmas of United States domestic sea-bed politics; towards domestic sea-bed legislation; the United States position in Committee One at UNCLOS - the negotiation of the system of exploitation, the production policy debate; the Reagan administration's policy review; the Reagan administrtion's law of the sea policy, 1982-1987.