Story: Law of the sea

1982 UNCLOS conference

1982 UNCLOS conference

By the mid-20th century, some small countries were challenging the concept of freedom of the seas, which they saw as allowing large maritime states to engage in threatening or exploitative activities far from their own shores. Trying to prevent possible conflict, the United Nations held conferences in 1958, 1960 and 1974. The 1974 conference eventually resulted in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This photograph shows the plenary session held at Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Bill Mansfield, 'Law of the sea - United Nations convention, 1982', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Bill Mansfield, published 12 Jun 2006