Statoil Runs into UNCLOS Liability as Canada Extends Seabed Territories

By Alister Doyle OSLO, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Norway's Statoil risks millions of dollars in extra costs in Canada - a test case that could spell problems for other oil firms too as coastal states extend their seabed territories far into resource-rich ocean depths. Coastal nations are using U.N laws to extend and define new limits to their seabed territories, pushing beyond a … [Read more...]

U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Unenforceable as Dutch Hope to Free Greenpeace Activists

By Michael Hogan HAMBURG, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The Netherlands asked an international court on Wednesday to order Russia to release 30 people detained during a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic at a tribunal Moscow refused to attend. Dutch government representative Liesbeth Lijnzaad said Russia had "violated the human rights" of the activists who tried to … [Read more...]

Opposition to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

By¬†Elisabeth Ferland The military, business leaders, environmentalists, and labor groups all support the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).¬† In testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr. spoke in favor of accession to UNCLOS, saying that the Treaty will protect U.S. access to the maritime domain, … [Read more...]

The Consequences of A Third Strike at UNCLOS

If we've learned anything from the economic plight of the last few years, it's the benefits of legal certainty for economic growth. Yet when small businesses, big industry, environmentalists, government, and military representatives speak in favor of a simple step to create that certainty, there remains a strong, uninformed voice in opposition. The Convention on the Law of … [Read more...]