Law of the sea

In 1997, the United Nations continued to pay special attention to the implementation of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, an important instrument for the maintenance and strengthening of international peace and security, as well as for sustainable use of the world’s seas and oceans. In November, the General Assembly reaffirmed its decision to undertake an annual review and evaluation of the implementation of the Convention and other developments relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea. It also noted with satisfaction the work of the International Seabed Authority and approved an agreement concerning the relationship between the United Nations and the Authority. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which was established in 1996 to settle disputes concerning the interpretation of the Convention, adopted its Rules, a resolution on internal judicial practice and guidelines for the preparation and presentation of cases before the Tribunal. Also in 1997, another important institution, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, was established. During its second session, the Commission adopted its modus operandi and rules of procedure.

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