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Former Legal Advisers’ Letter on Accession to the Law of the Sea Convention

  • Herbert J. Hansell, Roberts B. Owen, Davis R. Robinson, Abraham D. Sofaer, Edwin D. Williamson, Conrad K. Harper, David R. Andrews and Michael J. Matheson...



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1 For further background, readers may wish to refer to the Report of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, S. Exec. Rep. No. 10,108th Cong. (2004); the current on-line records of the hearings of that committee on October 14 and 21, 2003, <> and <>, the hearing of the Committee on Environment and Public Works on March 23,2004, <>, and the hearing of the Committee on Armed Services on April 8,2004, <>; Statement by the President, United States Oceans Policy (Mar. 10,1983), 19 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 383 (Mar. 14,1983); and comments by the late John, R. Stevenson, Legal Adviser of the Department of State from 1969 to 1972, at 88 AJIL 488 (1994). A comparison of the 1994 Implementing Agreement with the objectives stated by President Reagan can be found at 88 AJIL 687 (1994); see id. at 688 n.6 for citations to Reagan administration statements.


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