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Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The Convention on the Continental Shelf has come under attack because it does not establish a precise outer boundary for the "legal" continental shelf. It is the author's opinion that the United States should propose or support a revision of the Convention which would rectify this situation. A suitable delimitation proposal must have considerable domestic support and should represent the best compromise between opposing domestic views. A proposed revision of the Convention must, also, have strong international support if it is to be adopted. Each nation will determine a preferred delimitation which depends on the configuration of its own continental shelves and on the interest it may have in exploiting the resources of foreign shelves.