There is arguably no upside to the United States acceding to the Law of the Sea Treaty. But there is a major downside. Because the Treaty removes the ability to make reservations, with accession the US would be subject to the entirety of UNCLOS. The Treaty would open the United States to litigation.
The Law of the Sea Convention was transmitted to the Senate by President Clinton in 1994 for its advice and consent. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 in support of joining the Convention in 2004. A full Senate vote does not take place. In 2007 President Bush urges the Senate to approve U. S. Accession. The Committee holds hearings and votes 17-4 in support of joining the Convention. A vote of the full Senate does not take place. In 2012 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds four hearings on the Convention; no vote is taken.
This brief explores the CON (negative) side of the resolution. Note: I included long pieces of evidence that include excellent background, but much too long to be read into a round. Pieces of evidence that has underscores may be read in your debates.
This week’s Monument Coach Release is the current release for NSDA Public Forum debaters.
This download gives you background information to help guide you in your research, plus a hefty amount of PRO material that helps explain the affirmative side. Next release will delve into the negative (CON).