Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This study is undertaken to show the impact of the international law aspects of the Law of the Sea Treaty as they relate to the U.S. failure to sign the Treaty. The U.S. has embarked on a course of action, by its refusal to sign the Treaty, that can have major impact on day-to-day national policy issues as they relate to international law governing a state's behavior. The U.S., in refusing to sign the Treaty because of the deep seabed provisions, and yet claiming other provisions as reflecting customary law, is probably correct as viewed in today's realities.