Common Heritage or Common Burden?: The United States Position on the Development of a Regime for…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMarkus G. SchmidtForeword byElliot L. Richardson

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Common Heritage or Common Burden? contains a comprehensive and authoritative 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 authorfirst examines the US view of the lawfulness of deep seabed mining under international law. He reviews the bureaucratic struggles, within the US Administration and the Congress, concerning the options to be pursued at the Conference; analyses the US position in the seabed negotiations from 1974 to1980; and casts a fresh look both on the Reagan Administration's `policy review' of 1981-1982 which threatened the Conference's outcome, and current US oceans policy which remains an impediment to the Convention's early entry into force. The study suggests that despite significant compromises negotiated between the US and developing countries at the Conference up to 1980, the emerging seabed regime was not as widely endorsed by US officials as is generally assumed. Drawing on material collected from interviews with many keynegotiators, the study contributes to a better understanding of domestic and international decision-making procedures and the dynamics of international negotiations.

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Common Heritage or Common Burden? contains a comprehensive and authoritative 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 authorfirst examines the US view of the lawfulness...

Markus G. Schmidt is at United Nations Office, Geneva.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`'The attempt made in the book to discuss a few schools of thought as models should facilitate any attempt to understand sea-bed politics...The book does well to highlight the domestic political and legal scenarios before going on to discuss the role of the United States in the actualnegotiations...The author fills the information vacuum that obtains with the help of interviews of many of those who participated in the negotiations...The importance of the present book lies in its coverage of US policy on the development of the law of the sea in the post-UNCLOS period as well.''International Studies