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Copyright (c) 1985 The American University Law Review
American University Law Review

SPEECH: THE LAW OF THE SEA: CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW DEVELOPMENTS: THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW EDWIN A. MOOERS LECTURE, 11 October 1984.

WINTER, 1985

34 Am. U.L. Rev. 271

Author

LOUIS B. SOHN *

Excerpt

Two recent events have revived the debate about the role of international agreements in the development of customary international law. The adoption of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (the Convention) 1 by an almost unanimous vote, 2 followed by the signature of the Convention by 159 countries, 3 has led to the contention that a large part of the Convention, and maybe even all of it, somehow had been incorporated in customary international law, applicable to both signatories and nonsignatories alike, regardless of the fact that only a few States have ratified this document. 4

Traditionally, a treaty entered into force only when the requisite number of ratifications or accessions had been deposited and was binding only on the States that had ratified it or had acceded to it. 5 The Convention, however, is a treaty that is still far from collecting the necessary sixty ratifications, but nevertheless is treated as if it were in force. Some States are already claiming rights under the Convention, 6 and others are accusing some States of having violated this instrument, though some of the accusers have themselves not signed the Convention and most of them are not yet ready to ratify it. Although a few of the accused States have signed the Convention, at least one of them has expressly announced that it does not intend to sign it. Others are delaying signature, hoping that some miracle will enable them to solve ...
 
 
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