Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The purpose of this paper is to examine the needs of developing states created by the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the capability of the above cited Canadian aid agencies to provide needed assistance. To achieve the above objective the articles of the Third Convention of the Law of the Sea will be analyzed to establish requirements that coastal states must satisfy when the convention comes into force. Next, the mandates, policies, and programs of the aforementioned agencies will be examined to ascertain their potential to assist developing countries meet their obligations under UNCLOS III. The study will also consider the degree to which use has been made by coastal states of Canadian Development Assistance for activities related to UNCLOS III. The paper will conclude with future policy implications for Canada.